WAC investigates exchange between Nevada coach and referee

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RENO (AP) - Western Athletic Conference officials say they'll
look into a report that Nevada coach Mark Fox got into a heated
verbal exchange with referee Bill Gracey after the Wolf Pack lost
to Utah State in the conference tournament.
Fox, whose 10th-ranked Wolf Pack lost to Utah State 79-to-77,
says he and Gracey, the lead official, encountered each other
inside a hallway after the game and he regrets what he told the
WAC commissioner Karl Benson says his office will look into the
incident, but it will not prevent Fox from coaching his team in the
N-C-Double A Tournament.
Benson says Fox's actions were a violation of the league's
sportsmanship policy, and could subject the coach to a private or
public reprimand, a game suspension, a fine or other penalties.
Nevada athletic director Cary Groth says the university also is
reviewing the situation and could take disciplinary action against
Groth says the confrontation was "just verbal" and Fox made no
physical contact with the referee.

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