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San Diego State coach argues schedule decision

4/28/2005

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State baseball coach Tony Gwynn was
suspended Thursday for one game after publicly criticizing the way
the Mountain West Conference rescheduled a snowed out series at Air
Force in March.
Gwynn, regarded as one of the most easygoing players during his
career with the Padres, will serve the suspension when the Aztecs
host UNLV on Friday night.
In suspending Gwynn, the conference said it considered the fact
Gwynn had been privately warned earlier in the season regarding
public criticism of umpires.
"I was trying to stand up for my team in what was an unusual
situation. In the process I became too exuberant and expressed
myself in an improper manner. I'm ready to accept my punishment and
move on," Gwynn said in a statement released by the school.
After a three-game series at the Colorado academy on March 24-26
was postponed by snow, the two teams were scheduled to play three
straight doubleheaders at San Diego last weekend. Air Force asked
the league to waive its makeup policy, and the MWC Joint Council
agreed to reduce the series to four games.
The decision angered Gwynn, who told the San Diego Union-Tribune
that it was "an absolute joke."
"You want to know why this conference gets no respect in
baseball? It's because of stuff like this," Gwynn told the
newspaper. "It's hard to get credibility when they do stuff like
this. We've got people around the country laughing at what's going
on in the Mountain West Conference."
San Diego State appealed, and the league then overturned the
waiver and directed that all six games be played. Air Force
ultimately forfeited two games, saying it didn't have enough
pitching.
"Public remarks of this nature, which criticized the
institutions, administrators and governance structure of the
Mountain West Conference, as well as disparaging MWC baseball, are
not acceptable," Commissioner Craig Thompson said. "There are
established internal channels for communication of concerns and
expression of positions. We expect those guidelines to be
followed."
Gwynn is in his third season as coach at his alma mater. The
Aztecs are 17-25 overall and 11-7 in the conference.