Friday , Feb , 11 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Big Sky suspends Sacramento State coach

Ogden, UT (Sports Network) – The Big Sky Conference on Friday suspended
Sacramento State men’s head basketball coach Jerome Jenkins for his actions
following a controversial loss to Weber State on Thursday.

Jenkins will miss Saturday night’s game at Idaho State, reprimanded for
“comments he made regarding officials as well as failure to control his
players and staff” during a 57-55 setback to the Wildcats.

Weber State guard Coric Riggs stole the ball from Sacramento State’s Jason
Harris with 2.5 seconds remaining and scored on a last-second layup to end the
game.

That sparked a protest from Jenkins and the Hornets bench, who thought the
game-winning shot came after the buzzer.

Because the Dee Events Center Jumbo-Tron does not have the capability of
showing replays, referees Sam Gibson, Chris Rastatter and Gregg Morstein
weren’t able to review the play.

The ensuing argument forced all three officials to run off the floor at the
conclusion of the game.

“The Big Sky Code includes a zero tolerance policy for public comments
critical of officials,” Big Sky Conference commissioner Doug Fullerton said in
a statement released Friday.

“As importantly, the behavior of his players and some of his staff following
the game was completely unacceptable. The behavior created an explosive
environment. We were fortunate that this incident did not escalate. In this
type of situation, I hold the head coach responsible for the actions of his
players and staff.”

SACRAMENTO