The Pac-12 announced Sunday night that Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley and guard Jay Heath have been suspended for Monday's game at USC for "inappropriate conduct" toward the officials at the end of the Sun Devils' loss at Stanford on Saturday. ASU was called for 29 fouls in the 79-76 defeat, had two players foul out and had four other players finish the game with four fouls. Stanford was called for just 16 fouls, and the Cardinal enjoyed a 41-9 edge in free-throw attempts.
Hurley will also be fined $20,000 for his verbal confrontation with an official trying to leave the court. Additionally, Heath is accused of "making contact with an official attempting to exit the court," according to the Pac-12's announcement of the disciplinary action. A second player, Jalen Graham, also received a public reprimand — but no suspension — for verbally confronting an official.
"The actions of the head coach and student-athletes were in clear violation of the Conference's standards of conduct, and will not be tolerated," Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff said. "The Pac-12 and its membership has established regulations requiring all institutional personnel, especially head coaches, to conduct themselves in a sporting manner, and those involved in this situation failed to meet those standards."
Arizona State's loss against the Cardinal dropped it to 6-10 (2-4 Pac-12) in what has been a second consecutive dismal season for the Sun Devils following a stretch of three straight 20-win seasons under Hurley, who is in his seventh season at ASU. Heath is in his first season with the program after transferring from Boston College and is averaging 10.1 points per game. The proceeds of Hurley's fine will go the Pac-12 student athlete scholarship fund, according to the league