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Alabama Basketball head coach Nate Oats was reprimanded by the SEC on Wednesday after he made contact with Missouri's Aidan Shaw and shoved him away during Tuesday night's game.


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (January 17, 2024) - Alabama men's basketball head coach Nate Oats has been issued a public reprimand by the Southeastern Conference for making physical contact with an opposing team's student-athlete during Alabama's game against Missouri Tuesday night, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced on Wednesday.

"Nate Oats' actions were unacceptable and violated the expectations for conduct and sportsmanship as established by the membership of the Southeastern Conference," said Sankey. "Under no circumstances should a coach make intentional contact with a student-athlete on an opposing team."

As a result of Oats' actions, a public reprimand is issued in violation of sportsmanship expectations set forth by the Commissioner and SEC Bylaws established by Conference membership.

According to a pre-season Commissioner's Memorandum related to sportsmanship, "Coaches and institutional personnel shall provide favorable examples in appearance, conduct, language, and sportsmanship. Behavior shall reflect the high standards of honor and dignity that characterize participation in a collegiate setting. Examples of conduct from coaches and institutional personnel that fall short of these expectations include, but are not limited to, directing hostile comments or gestures toward a student-athlete on the opposing team." Additionally, the Memorandum advised coaches that, in the event of an altercation during the game, "coaches should make every reasonable effort to engage with the student-athletes from their team (rather than the student-athletes and coaches from the opposing team)."

In addition, Oats' actions were in violation of SEC Bylaw 10.5 related to Conduct and Sportsmanship.

SEC Bylaw 10.5.1 states "All institutional staff members and student-athletes of a member institution, shall conduct themselves with honesty and good sportsmanship. Their behavior shall at all times reflect the standards of honor and dignity that characterize participation in the collegiate setting. For intercollegiate athletics to promote the character development of participants, to enhance the integrity of higher education and to promote civility in society, coaches, student-athletes and all others associated with these athletics programs and events should adhere to such fundamental values as honor, respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. These values should be manifest not only in athletics participation but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting the athletics program."
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6R122 months
Should have reprimanded that hit on JD5 in the Bama game compared to that sugar push he gave.
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roll to victory2 months
This hire and now Deboar(sp?. Byrne is a horrible AD, just keeping up the status quo
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fierysnowman2 months
Least violent thing Alabama’s basketball team has done in years
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DrrTiger2 months
What? No technical! Bama bias again!
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Che Boludo2 months
I was expecting more. I missed this nothing burger watching the game.
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stang142 months
Football and Basketball players always acting like they want to brawl. Seems like escalating the last decade. Why Regrettably I am not watching as much and may just quit all together. Police, teachers now coaches take the heat for these heathens wanting to fight
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LSUgrad882 months
In the grand scheme of what the Alabama basketball program has done in the last year, this is barely a blip on the radar. Trash will trash.
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RiverCityTider2 months
He was basically separating players and the guy was on the Bama end of the cort getting in people's faces. So Oats shoved him back.
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jamespatterson2 months
What a joke. This man should be prosecuted.
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RECConspiracy2 months
The horror. He shooed him away
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9Fiddy2 months
Oh no! Not a public reprimand!!!
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miketiger2 months
dude is a jerk. He proves it over and over again.
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