Peach Belt Reprimands Metress
AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference and commissioner David R. Brunk have issued an official reprimand to Augusta State head men’s basketball coach Darren ‘Dip’ Metress. The reprimand comes in response to unsportsmanlike conduct surrounding the Jaguars 63-59 loss to Montevallo in the semifinals of the PBC Tournament in Columbus on March 3. The reprimand does not carry any suspension.
“We have a strict code of conduct in our league that is applicable to everyone: student-athletes, administrators and coaches, and coach Metress' actions were in violation of its provisions.” said commissioner Brunk. “We have set a standard in NCAA Division II and are proud to be looked upon as a league where everyone is accountable to that code.”
The conference office will not be answering any further questions about the reprimand.
Update - 2:00 pm:
Augusta State University’s Official Response to Peach Belt Conference’s Public Reprimand of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dip Metress:
Augusta State Athletics’ Statement From Director of Athletics Clint Bryant
“I have worked very closely with the PBC Office and Commissioner Brunk on this matter and fully concur with the sanction being applied by the conference office. It is our intent at ASU to abide by Code of Conduct and Sportsmanship Guidelines associated with Intercollegiate Athletics.”
Augusta State Athletics’ Statement From Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dip Metress
“I regret my behavior during the game and my conduct during the postgame activities and insinuations that could have been made as a result. I acknowledge the public reprimand from the Peach Belt Conference regarding my comments and actions following our loss to Montevallo. I apologize to Commissioner Brunk, the Peach Belt Conference and staff, my Athletic Director Clint Bryant and our University President Dr. Bloodworth.”
Bryant indicated neither he nor Metress will have any further comment on this matter.