Mountain West, Nevada Issue Statements on Saturday's Post Game
The Mountain West and University of Nevada have each issued statements regarding Saturday night's incident after the Nevada-Utah State game.
Nevada Athletics has issued a statement following an outburst from Pack basketball star Jordan Caroline that was captured on camera.
The Wolf Pack was heading back to the locker room after a loss to Utah State Saturday when Caroline punched the glass covering a fire extinguisher.
Reports say coaches and players were upset that Utah fans were yelling at them and touching them.
The Mountain West issued this statement:
Mountain West says:
After a thorough investigation into the circumstances of Saturday night’s incident, which included a review of numerous video clips from various sources and the collection of written statements from multiple individuals, the Mountain West has concluded the situation was not caused by the court rush. There was a postgame management plan in place and it was executed successfully.
Rather, inappropriate conduct by individuals from both programs in the postgame handshake line and subsequently in the locker room areas created the unfortunate circumstances. The Conference office has had multiple communications with both athletics directors and has shared the findings of its review. Each institution will be responsible for the determination and administration of what it deems appropriate disciplinary action for those involved. It must be made clear unsportsmanlike and unprofessional conduct is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
The University of Nevada also issued its own statement:
Our department is thankful for the diligence of the Mountain West Conference, and Utah State’s athletics administration, in their review of the events from Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan.
We accept the review of the Mountain West and we will handle this matter internally. All parties involved can learn from this incident, and we will. The Mountain West believes in the highest ideals of sportsmanship and good behavior, and we will address this with members of our program who fell short of these ideals on Saturday night.
We will pay restitution to Utah State University for any property damages incurred during the incident.
As we learn from this, it’s time for all parties to move forward. We are eager to put this incident behind us and prepare for the final week of the regular season and the Mountain West Championships.
Additionally, there was a great amount of misinformation in some media reports, including an unfortunate misidentification of other Nevada staff members as head coach Eric Musselman. We’re appreciative of those media outlets and the wire services that have since corrected this information.