Pac-12 apologizes for coin toss confusion

Conference officials called UCLA head coach Jim Mora Sunday morning at 8 a.m. to apologize for the confusion surrounding the coin toss before the Bruins kicked off at Arizona State.

To review, Mora had kept the captains in the locker room to rush out with the rest of the team, leaving punter Jeff Locke to take up coin toss duties in a pinch. Through some miscommunication, the officials understood Locke as saying that the Bruins wanted to “kick” rather than “defer” after winning the toss, thus leaving the Sun Devils to decide how to start out of halftime.

ASU scored a field goal on its first drive of the second half in the 45-43 loss. Mora declined to say exactly what the apology entailed, but said he was glad the Pac-12 took responsibility.

UPDATE: Doesn’t seem like a story worth making up, so I’m guessing the Pac-12 didn’t expect Mora to go public with this.

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  • Hank

    “Through some miscommunication, the officials understood Locke as saying that the Bruins wanted to “kick” rather than “defer” after winning the toss, thus leaving the Sun Devils to decide how to start out of halftime.” What? How could there possibly be miscommunication? What idiot would choose to kick BOTH halves? Locke said the wrong thing “kick” instead of “defer” but the refs should have told him what that means to ensure there was NO “miscommunication”. Sure you can argue Locke should have known better OR tough luck for NOT knowing. Regardless, pretty lame for the refs to let this go the way it went down. Locke was out there on his own facing 6 AZ St. players and 3 refs. Common…

  • anon

    How about an apology to all Pac-12 fans who are missing out on their schools televised games through the Pac-12 Network because the conference (and indirectly conference schools) is failing to negotiate fair deals with ALL service providers?

  • EncinitasBruin

    If Phil Hartman were still alive (God rest his soul), he could have done a killer SNL spoof on this using his “anal rententive” schtick. As in, “the anal retentive ref” who goes by the letter of the rule book, failing to realize that a college kid simply meant “defer” when he said “kick.” Geez.

  • dewey

    Hi, new here. Question. Is there a separate site for UCLA basketball news? I see the Pauley post, but nothing on the team and we’re coming up on the season….

  • EncinitasBruin

    So the Pac-12 is denying it apologized? That’s classic.