West Virginia AD Luck issues reprimand to QB Geno Smith

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Quarterback Geno Smith was reprimanded for his comments Saturday about bad officiating in the Cincinnati game.

"WVU adheres to the code of conduct and sportsmanship policies adopted by the Big East Conference, which includes commenting on officiating. We have addressed this with Geno Smith, and he has been reprimanded for his comments, regarding the officiating following last Saturday's game with Cincinnati," said athletic director Oliver Luck in a statement released Thursday.

West Virginia was flagged 14 times and endured multiple reviews on some plays.

Once, referees needed a special review to determine what down it was.

After the game, Smith said: "All throughout the year, we've been getting bad calls. Today was one of the worst officiating jobs I've ever been a part of.

"I'm not one to talk about it or make excuses for it, but you know it's kind of getting out of hand at this point. But we overcame it."

Coach Dana Holgorsen, who found out Monday afternoon that Smith made those comments, said they were inappropriate and that he planned to have a talk with his quarterback.

"His job is to ignore referees," said Holgorsen. "I told him that 10 times during the game. ... My job's to communicate with the referees."

Jenn Menendez: jmenendez@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1959.


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