Pac-10 reprimands Cooper for remark

Updated: January 21, 2010, 3:54 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES -- The Pac-10 has reprimanded USC women's basketball coach Michael Cooper for a profane postgame comment about archrival UCLA.

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott issued the reprimand Thursday.

Cooper made his two-word jab at the Bruins immediately following the Trojans' 70-63 victory over UCLA last Sunday.

"My opening statement is [expletive] UCLA," Cooper said to the assembled media.

Cooper later apologized and acknowledged his comment was inappropriate.

He sent his letter of apology to UCLA head coach Nikki Caldwell, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

"I want to offer my sincerest apology to you, your players and your university for the inappropriate comment I made after our game on Sunday," Cooper wrote. "There is no excuse for it, and I realize it is outside the bounds of good sportsmanship."

Cooper was a longtime Los Angeles Lakers star who also coached the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. He is in his first season at USC (10-6, 4-1 Pac-10).

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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