College Hockey:
Notre Dame coach Jackson fined, reprimanded by CCHA for ‘derogatory’ comments

The CCHA announced Tuesday that Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson has been fined and been publicly reprimanded for a violation of the league’s good conduct regulations.

“The CCHA offers a number of postgame means for a coach to properly express their concerns over situations and issues that may have arisen over the course of the contest,” said CCHA commissioner Fred Pletsch in a statement. “There is no excuse or acceptable explanation for public comments about officials that are derogatory in nature.”

The punishment comes after Jackson was critical of a call made in last Friday’s game against North Dakota. A potential Notre Dame tying goal was waved off, apparently because referee Keith Sergott thought the puck was frozen and whistled the play dead.

“Regardless of what they said, it was just an awful call,” Jackson said in his postgame news conference, as reported by the South Bend Tribune. “The puck was free between [North Dakota goalie Clarke Saunders'] legs, I could see it from the bench with one eye. It was not frozen. The puck was laying behind him, in between his legs.”

Last season, Jackson issued an apology after being critical of the officiating in a game, calling it “unbelievably bad.”

The league’s good conduct regulations say “No employee (e.g., coaches, athletic staff members, etc.) or student-athlete of a member institution shall make derogatory remarks to the press or public about opponents or officials.”

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  • Paul Stewart

    Phew, at least it wasn’t one of my guys this time making an awful call

  • Satriani92

    Too bad the league officials aren’t held as accountable for their officiating as much as coaches are held accountable for their words.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MFXBTWECLPFNIEOUEMQCFCTITU Jay

      Yup, about as fair as getting ’2 minutes for checking’.

  • Terrier Hockey

    As always refs aren’t held accountable. Bow down to your zebra overlords

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.roose.77 Kevin Roose

    I was at this game and it was a TERRIBLE call. I’ve watched a lot of hockey games and CCHA zebras are by far some of the worst. Its sad that a coach can’t express his honest opinion on such a horrible call. Instead of making a regulation about not commenting on poor officiating, why not just fix the poor officiating!

  • http://www.facebook.com/BC1994 Chris Ryan

    It’s nice to see some bad press come out of South Bend. Jeff Jackson is no Jerry York.

  • Powers

    “This was a bad call” is not a “derogatory remark”!

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