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Coach Mulkey suspended for next NCAA game

Coach Mulkey suspended for next NCAA game
July 02
14:35 2013
Head coach Kim Mulkey shouts out plays  during the NCAA matchup against Florida State University at the Ferrell Center on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.  The Lady Bears upset the Seminoles 85-47 and now advance to play against Louisville at the Sweet Sixteen round in Oklahoma City, Okla. Monica Lake | Lariat Photographer

Head coach Kim Mulkey shouts out plays during the NCAA matchup against Florida State University at the Ferrell Center on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The Lady Bears upset the Seminoles 85-47 and advanced to play against Louisville at the Sweet Sixteen round in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Monica Lake | Lariat Photographer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Baylor basketball coach Kim Mulkey was suspended for her team’s next NCAA tournament game for criticizing the officiating following a loss to Louisville last spring.

The NCAA on Monday also reprimanded Mulkey and withheld Baylor’s team championship per diem from the regional round.

After Louisville upset top-seeded Baylor 82-81 in March, Mulkey said the game was far too physical and she singled out the officials.

“I thought that all three of them, if they go past this round of officiating, it will be sad for the game,” she said then. “I thought the two critical calls at the end of the game were really bad.”

The NCAA said it was issuing a more severe penalty because Mulkey is a repeat offender. She was reprimanded in 2011 for criticizing the NCAA for the decision to put the Lady Bears in the same tournament bracket with Texas A&M, a team it had faced three times already that season. The Aggies beat Baylor on their way to the national title.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee said the “latest misconduct act by Mulkey” warranted the more stringent suspension.

“The committee unanimously felt that the behavior of Coach Mulkey was unacceptable and has no place in the women’s basketball championship,” said Carolayne Henry, committee chair and senior associate commissioner for the Mountain West Conference.

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