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Penn State Interim Head Coach Jim Ferry Fined By The Big Ten

Not great news for the Penn State head coach.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Penn State Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten announced a $10,000 fine for Penn State Interim Head Coach Jim Ferry and a public reprimand for behaviors and remarks he made about the Big Ten’s officiating of the team’s game against Purdue over the weekend.

Here’s the Big Ten’s official statement:

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference issued an institutional fine of $10,000 and a public reprimand of Penn State University men’s basketball interim head coach Jim Ferry for violating its Sportsmanship Policy.

The violation is a result Coach Ferry’s postgame actions following the Penn State versus Purdue game on January 17, 2021. The fine and reprimand are a result of Conference Agreement 10.01 stating: The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of the competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.

The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded.

And remarks from Ferry himself:

I would like to apologize to the officials, Big Ten Conference and our fans for my actions following our Purdue game Sunday,” Ferry said. “I regret my actions and know my behavior was unacceptable. I would also like to apologize to our team, our athletics department and our university. I have a high standard for myself and my team in representing Penn State and my actions Sunday failed to live up to that standard and set an example for my team. I am disappointed in myself; I have learned from this experience and will make sure it does not happen again.”

Not exactly the way you want to restart after a pause in team activities. Penn State will return to action on Tuesday night on the road against Illinois.