Steve Fisher reprimanded for comments

Updated: February 14, 2011, 7:32 PM ET
By Diamond Leung | ESPN.com

The Mountain West Conference has reprimanded San Diego State coach Steve Fisher for his remarks made earlier Monday that were critical of the firing of Wyoming coach Heath Schroyer last week and violated the league's sportsmanship rule.

Fisher used his opening statement during the weekly Mountain West coaches' teleconference to criticize Schroyer's firing on Feb. 7 with seven regular season games remaining for the Cowboys, who were 8-15 and 1-8 in conference play.

"For a coach to be fired with six weeks to go in the season is inexcusable," Fisher said. "We talk to our players about commitment, not cutting and running, and yet when things go south a little bit, often our administrators say, 'What do we do to please our biggest donor or the perception standpoint?'"

Fisher noted that Schroyer was terminated with three seasons remaining on his contract after the fourth-year coach had been awarded an extension following the 2009 season.

"This is not the NBA," Fisher said. "This is not the NFL. Yes, this will happen before and will happen again. That doesn't make it right.

"It's wrong. It should not have been that way. It should have been done in a professional manner. A six-week jump on the market is not worth it."

Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman said last week that Schroyer had asked for a mid-season evaluation, and by that point he had already decided the coach would not be retained at the end of the season.

Schroyer compiled a 49-68 record at Wyoming after Burman hired him in 2007. The school is conducting a national search for a new coach.

Diamond Leung covers college basketball for ESPN.com and can be reached at diamond83@gmail.com