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Pac-12 fines Washington State coach for 'disparaging' Arizona State

Pac-12 fines Washington State coach for 'disparaging' Arizona State
Washington State Coach Mike Leach on the sideline during the game against Oregon on Oct. 1. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

Never one to shy away from controversy, Washington State Coach Mike Leach has been fined $10,000 for accusing Arizona State of stealing signs.

The Pac-12 Conference announced the penalty late Thursday night, stating that “conference rules prohibit Pac-12 member institutions from disparaging each other and discrediting other institutions.”

"Information or accusations relative to rule violations must be handled by institutions filing those concerns with the conference office through a formal process, and institutions must refrain from discussing those concerns publicly," Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.

Leach made his comments earlier in the week, echoing a similar complaint from last season.

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"I think they still steal signs, and we'll have to keep an eye on that," he said of Arizona State on Monday. "That is a very unsavory practice they have, so we'll have to do what we can to defend against it."

No rules prohibit a team from "observing an opponent's offensive or defensive signals," the Pac-12 stated.

Washington State plays at Arizona State on Saturday in a crucial match-up of teams vying for the conference championship game.

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