Walz issued one-game NCAA postseason suspension after "misconduct"

05/25/2018 12:10 PM

The NCAA has issued a public reprimand to University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz following comments he made during the Cardinals’ semifinal loss to Mississippi State on March 30.

The reprimand issued includes a one-game NCAA postseason championship suspension, as well as the withholding of Walz’s Women’s Final Four per diem allowance.

According to the NCAA, Walz addressed committee members and NCAA staff with “inappropriate” and profane language as they were seated at the scorer’s table.

The one-game suspension will take effect at Walz’s next NCAA postseason opportunity, no matter the school.

In a statement, NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee Chair Lundin Bennett said, “The committee agreed that coach Walz’s conduct did not meet acceptable standards and has no place in the sport or the women’s basketball championship.”

The Committee noted that Walz has been reprimanded multiple times in the past, including in 2011 for “similar behavior,” deciding to apply a stronger penalty to “discourage future misconduct.”

In response to the NCAA’s reprimand, Walz and Director of Athletics Vince Tyra also released statements.

Director of Athletics Vince Tyra

“I had the opportunity to speak with Coach Walz at length and following our conversation have a clear understanding of the issue from both Coach and the NCAA’s perspective. Coach Walz’s intensity on the sideline is one of his most endearing qualities, but following our discussion, we both acknowledged that his behavior during the national semifinal game was not acceptable and is not how we want to represent the University of Louisville. I appreciate Coach’s cooperation resolving this matter and fully anticipate that he will adhere to championship policies, sportsmanship and conduct expectations in the future.”

Women’s Basketball head coach Jeff Walz

“In the national semifinal game, I used some inappropriate language as I expressed my frustration toward the scorer’s table about the officiating. I realize that these comments are not acceptable, did not represent the University of Louisville in the best light, and I apologize for my actions. I will be more mindful in expressing my emotions going forward. My staff and I are looking forward to another successful run next season.“

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