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Texas head softball coach ‘strikes out’ on Big 12 Tournament after flipping off umpire

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University of Texas head softball coach Mike White was ousted from a game and publicly reprimanded after flipping off an umpire, the person officiating the game, at the Big 12 Conference Friday.


White was kicked out of the team’s 6-1 Oklahoma State loss after arguing a call in the first inning. He then went on to turn around and flip off umpire Naomi Urdahl after she reversed the call, which was originally in the Longhorns’ favor.

White apologized to both the Big 12 Conference and the umpiring crew, including Urdahl, in statements both Friday and Saturday.

“(My actions) were unacceptable, regrettable and reflected poorly on the Big 12 Conference, The University of Texas, my softball team and me personally,” White’s statement said. “My actions were not in accordance with those of a Head Coach who has the responsibility to conduct himself in a professional manner at all times.”

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the action was “a clear violation of sportsmanship expectations” and that the conference accepted his public apology.

With the loss, the Longhorns (38-17-1) were kicked out of the Big 12 Tournament and will take on Weber St. (38-10) in the Seattle Regional portion of the NCAA Softball Tournament from May 20-22.

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