Nevada Wolf Pack head football coach Brian Polian was fined $10,000 by the university for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties levied against the team during last weekend’s 44-20 loss to Nevada.
Jon Ralston of the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Polian’s fine on Twitter via a statement from athletic director Doug Knuth.
This is not the first time that Polian has gotten into trouble with the university and others regarding unsportsmanlike conduct. In 2013, he drew a reprimand from school higher-ups for language used towards referees in a game against San Diego State, and again the following year in a game against Colorado State. Last year, in a game against UNLV, Polian’s behavior got so over the top that Mountain West officials actually got involved.
Knuth’s statement offered more reasoning behind Polian’s fine.
“I believe Coach Polian is moving the football program in the right direction, academically, athletically and socially,” Knuth said in a release. “Unfortunately, his sideline behavior and interaction with officials – regardless of being right or wrong about officiating decisions – is not aligned with the values of Wolf Pack athletics or the university.”
Polian himself was apologetic as well.
“I will do better,” said Polian, Nevada’s head coach since 2013. “I have to do better. For myself, for my family, for my team and for you.”
Polian’s words do carry some meaning, but actions still speak louder. He is developing a track record for being a hot head and it’s obvious that both the school and conference are running out of patience with him regarding his temper during games. If this behavior continues, he could find himself out of a job regardless of how successful the team performs under him.
Nevada is 12-15 (7-9 MWC) under Polian and visits College Station to take on Texas A&M on Saturday.
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