“Coach Felton has violated the Southeastern Conference Code of Ethics,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement released from the league’s Birmingham office. “SEC Bylaw 10.5.1 clearly states that the coaches and administrators shall refrain from directed public criticisms of other member institutions, their staffs or players.”
Dennis Felton called Powell one of the SEC’s “biggest fakers and floppers” during his weekly radio show on Sunday and continued that line of thought during Monday’s SEC teleconference. Powell had complained that he thought the Bulldogs played dirty in their game against South Carolina on Saturday. Felton invited any media member in the SEC to watch a DVD of the game, and said, “you’ll see (Powell) throwing himself around the court and being very dramatic and theatrical about plays that flat out didn’t occur.”
Gottfried had made earlier assertions that Georgia’s players crossed the line with their physical play and Felton called those comments “absolutely inaccurate.”
Felton later said he regretted singling out a player but made no apologies about his comments regarding Gottfried.
Georgia officials were contacted by the SEC earlier in the week and were expecting action from the conference.
“During the past several days, I have reminded all of our men’s basketball coaches of their responsibilities to comply with the policies of the SEC and this rule and that any further violations of conference policies my result in additional sanctions,” Slive said in his.