Big Ten Issues Public Reprimand to Penn State Track and Field Assistant Coach

March 8, 2005

The Big Ten Conference office announced today a public reprimand of Penn State women's track and field assistant coach Chris Johnson for violating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement. In accordance with penalties established in Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01.1.A.3, the Conference publicly reprimands Johnson for his inappropriate comment and actions during the 2005 Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships held from February 26-27 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"The behavior of Chris Johnson has no place at the Big Ten Championships or in the sport of track and field," Commissioner James E. Delany said. "Any use of inappropriate or provocative language towards an official, student-athlete, coach or spectator will not be tolerated."

The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.