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Statement from Head Coach Phil Martelli
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  11/27/2006

Nov. 27, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's men's basketball coach Phil Martelli and director of athletics Don DiJulia issued the following statements today:

Phil Martelli: "I apologize for my comments following Saturday's game at Penn State and sincerely regret my words of criticism directed at official Mike Sanzere. I know that I let down my team, my staff and my family and have directly apologized to them. This conduct is not befitting of a representative of Saint Joseph's University and the Atlantic 10 Conference and it is imperative that I set a better example in the future."

DON DiJULIA: "Phil Martelli has done and will continue to do many great things with and for Saint Joseph's University. The situation at Penn State has been addressed appropriately with all parties. We continually strive to represent all constituencies of the University in a positive manner."

ATLANTIC 10 REPRIMANDS MARTELLI

Atlantic 10 commissioner Linda Bruno today reprimanded Saint Joseph's University head coach Phil Martelli for comments made regarding officiating after Saturday's game at Penn State University. The comments were in direct violation of the Conference's Code of Conduct.

"The Atlantic 10 expects its coaches, student-athletes, and administrators to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times," says Bruno. "Coach Martelli's comments were uncharacteristic of the high standards to which he holds himself and his student-athletes. I appreciate that Coach Martelli has contacted the official in question to apologize for his comments and am confident that he will avoid an incident such as this in the future."

As stated in the Atlantic 10 Code of Conduct, any additional occurrence of a Code of Conduct violation will be subject to more severe penalties.