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Signalgate: Mike Leach fined $10,000, reprimanded by Pac-12 for his comments on ASU signal stealing

THE PAC-12 has fined Mike Leach $10,000 and reprimanded the Washington State coach for his comments this week on Arizona State's practice of stealing opponent's signals during games.

"Conference rules prohibit Pac-12 member institutions from disparaging each other and discrediting other institutions," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in statement.  "Information or accusations relative to rule violations must be handled by institutions filing those concerns with the Conference office through a formal process, and institutions must refrain from discussing those concerns publicly."

Utah, Oregon and WSU all voiced complaints last year over ASU's practice of stealing signals. And ASU coach Todd Graham admitted his program does try to steal signals, but Graham was adamant that ASU did so within the rules.   Leach probably drew the fine this week because he strongly implied on Monday that ASU was using video/audio to steal signals, which would be against NCAA rules.

"I think they still steal signs, and we'll have to keep an eye on that," Leach said Monday. "That is a very unsavory practice they have, so we'll have to do what we can to defend against it."

Leach said he'd heard rumors about microphones and cameras.

"They have a whole command center," Leach said.

Graham later called Leach's comments, "ridiculous."

Scott noted in his statement that there are no playing rules that restrict a team from observing an opponent's offensive or defensive signals, but that audio and video equipment is prohibited.

"The NCAA playing rules (1-4-11-a, b and f) cover what audio and video equipment is prohibited in the team area, coaching box and coaches' booth, and specifically state that any attempt to record, either through audio or video means, any signals given by an opposing player, coach or other team personal is prohibited," Scott said.

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