SEC Issues Reprimand To Croom

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive issued a public reprimand to Mississippi State football Coach Sylvester Croom Tuesday afternoon, for his public comments regarding officiating.

"Coach Croom has violated the Southeastern Conference Code of Ethics," Slive said. "SEC Bylaw 10.5.4 clearly states that the coaches, players and support personnel shall refrain from public criticism of officials.

Croom made his comments immediately after Mississippi State's 24-21 loss to Arkansas at Scott Field. Asked about how the game was officiated, Croom said "There was no officiating." He went on to complain about a lack of consistency in certain types of calls and clock management through this season, his first at MSU and as a college head coach.

"I have reminded Coach Croom of his responsibility to comply with the policies of the SEC and this rule," Slive said in the official statement. "Any further violation of conference policies of this nature may result in a suspension of coaching duties for one or more games."

Croom was not available for comment Tuesday, but during his Monday evening call-in show he said he had spoken with Slive and expected to receive an official reprimand today. Without taking back his complaints, Croom did say he would not criticize officials again.

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