COLORADO SPRINGS -- Following a thorough analysis of all available information, including a review of multiple sources of visual and audio evidence, the Mountain West Conference has determined that an inadvertent whistle did occur near the conclusion of the BYU vs. New Mexico men's basketball contest played on Monday, January 26 in Albuquerque.
The inadvertent whistle apparently prompted BYU student-athlete Mark Bigelow to enter the playing floor from the bench area and interfere with an opposing player -- thus resulting in a technical foul against the Cougars. Had the inadvertent whistle been immediately recognized, play would have been halted and Mr. Bigelow's action would not have prompted a technical foul.
In response to these circumstances, the Conference has released an official from his next two MWC officiating assignments this season. In addition, the official will not be eligible for assignment to the MWC Basketball Championships. The MWC has also communicated directly with all appropriate individuals from the two participating institutions.
"The Mountain West Conference expects the highest level of performance and conduct from each of its constituents. These standards cannot be compromised," said MWC commissioner Craig Thompson. "While this is an unfortunate situation, the game officials must be held to the same degree of accountability as the student-athletes, coaches and administrators."
The Mountain West Conference will have no further comment regarding this matter.