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UPDATE: Alford ‘reprimanded’ for incident with Tavernari

Alford vs. Tavernari

So, here's an update to the Steve Alford-Jonathan Tavernari incident which we discussed in last night's Greene Room post.

Late this afternoon, the Mountain West Conference lowered the boom.

The league released a statement late Monday afternoon to announce that it had publicly reprimanded the New Mexico coach after he was caught on camera dropping an expletive in the direction of the BYU senior forward Saturday following the Lobos' 83-81 triumph in Provo, a win that captured at least a share of the league's regular-season title.

And after reading it, I'm trying to figure out the significance of a public reprimand.

My first thought was that it's kind of like when you get in trouble as a kid, and your mom will look at you say, "I'm not mad at you, but I'm very disappointed."

To that, the kid always walks away thinking, "What the heck does that mean?"

Same here.

No suspensions were handed down here on anyone by the league. Should there have been? No, I don't think so.

Taking that into account, if no one's getting suspended or fined, why should the conference say anything at all?

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