Jamie Pollard was hit with a public reprimand and a record fine Monday, two days after he stood at the podium following Iowa State's loss to Oklahoma State and criticized Big 12 officiating.
Pollard and Iowa State were upset after Oklahoma State took a 13-6 lead to halftime after the Cowboys appeared to come up short on a 3rd & Goal rush as time expired. After review, officials overturned the ruling and awarded Oklahoma State with a touchdown. The Cowboys got a 97-yard touchdown return to begin the second half and went on to win 37-20, dropping Iowa State to 1-4.
"We've been on the short end of several controversial calls," Pollard said after the game. "It's no longer fair to put our student athletes, our coaching staff, and our fans in that position. I don't know how things change but it's frustrating and it's not fair."
Monday, the Big 12 fined Pollard $25,000 and issued a public reprimand from commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
"“Mr. Pollard’s public statements called into question the integrity and competence of game officials and the Conference’s officiating program,” Bowlsby said. “To insinuate that games are called unfairly to negatively impact a program is irresponsible and completely baseless. Accordingly, the seriousness of this violation warrants a public reprimand and a financial penalty. We take pride in our officiating programs and will continue to strive for the highest possible standards and the fairest competition.”
Pollard had referenced Iowa State being out-voted on a matter 9-1 within the past year-and-a-half, insinuating that Iowa State has seen calls go against the football team since that time. He clarified Monday that the vote had been to add an eighth official and also issued an apology.
"Although on Saturday I felt the need to defend our players and our institution, [President Steven] Leath and I recognize that our decision to have me do so publicly was in violation of the conference’s sportsmanship guidelines and we accept the Commissioner’s punishment," Pollard said. "Furthermore, I apologize for implying that Iowa State University’s vote against the addition of an eighth official at a conference meeting in 2013 impacted game officiating. It was inappropriate for me to do so.
"We are committed to working with the Big 12 Conference in the appropriate manner moving forward.”