The Pac-12 Conference announced Thursday night it reprimanded and levied a $10,000 fine against Washington State head coach Mike Leach for accusations of signal-stealing made toward Arizona State head coach Todd Graham.
“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,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement issued to media.
Leach made detailed accusations in his weekly press conference Monday. Per the Spokesman Review:
“I’ve heard a lot of rumors of microphones to pick up extra sound, to sift and sort for sound, perhaps what the quarterback’s saying. Close-up cameras, stuff like that. I don’t know if they (video tape) coaches on the sideline.”
Scott’s statement specifically addressed both the Pac-12 and NCAA rules regarding sign-stealing.
“Currently, there are no playing rules that restrict a team from observing an opponent’s offensive or defensive signals,” Scott said in his statement. “The NCAA playing rules (1-4-11-a, b and f) cover what audio and video equipment is prohibited in the team area, coaching box and coaches’ booth, and specifically state that any attempt to record, either through audio or video means, any signals given by an opposing player, coach or other team personal is prohibited.”
Graham categorically dismissed Leach’s charges, though the Washington State head coach isn’t the first to insinuate Arizona State steals signals. Last season on its visit to Tempe, Oregon draped sideline play-callers in white sheets while relaying plays to the field.