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Mountain West reprimands Utah coach for ripping refs

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mountain West Conference reprimanded
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham on Wednesday for comments he made about
Atlantic Coast Conference officials in Saturday's loss at North
Carolina.

The Utes were penalized 12 times for 101 yards, including a
roughing-the-passer call that nullified an interception return for
a touchdown. Whittingham was still angry about the officiating
Tuesday during the MWC conference call.

"We've been very good penalty-wise up until this game,"
Whittingham said. "All I can say is I'm quite thankful we don't
have to play a game with an ACC refereeing crew again this year.
That was miserable and I'll leave it at that."

Whittingham also noted the Utes didn't help themselves with five
turnovers and by allowing a kickoff return for a score.

Although Whittingham's comments were directed at the ACC crew,
Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said they violated MWC
sportsmanship standards.

Whittingham issued a statement after the reprimand was
announced.

"My comment regarding ACC officials was unfortunate and poor
judgment on my part. You can't beat a good team when you commit
five turnovers," Whittingham said.