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Pac-12 'reprimands' UCLA LB Deon Hollins for critical comments about officiating

UCLA linebacker Deon Hollins' chastising of a Pac-12 officiating crew for its performance in UCLA's 31-27 loss to Washington State on Saturday didn't go over too well at the conference headquarters.

In response to Hollins' comments, which the Pac-12 termed "derogatory" and included, "It's really tough sometimes beating the referees and beating the other team," the conference released a public reprimand Wednesday.

"All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12's Standards of Conduct," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "Mr. Hollins remarks were a clear violation of the Pac-12 comprehensive restrictions on public comments on officiating and he is being appropriately reprimanded."

Hollins was primarily upset with the absence of holding calls against WSU's offensive line.

"It's really tough sometimes," Hollins told local reporters. "We're just looking on the film and there's so many missed things. It was just appalling; I was appalled."

The Pac-12's release also included a comment from Hollins:

"There is a great deal of responsibility that comes with being a football student-athlete in the Pac-12 and at UCLA," Hollins said. "Unfortunately, yesterday I spoke out of frustration and knew almost immediately afterwards that my comments were inappropriate. I expect more of myself and will not let this happen again."