Oakland AD Jeff Konya on suspension: 'I own it'

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Jeff Konya

Oakland University athletic director Jeff Konya and director of basketball operations Sarah Judd each were suspended one game by the Horizon League on Sunday.

The discipline stems from comments directed at referees during Friday night's emotional, 86-84 loss at league-leading Valparaiso.

Oakland was playing Sunday at Illinois-Chicago, and Konya was driving back from Chicago to Rochester after hearing the news from commissioner Jonathan LeCrone earlier in the day.

"I want to be above board and own it," Konya told The Detroit News, while in the car on the way back.

Konya said he didn't swear, but acknowledged making at least two comments toward refs in the first half.

Konya said Judd also made a comment to refs, but didn't know when that took place.

They were not sitting together.

Konya was sitting with fans behind Oakland's bench.

The Golden Grizzlies trailed 46-38 at the half, and were called for 11 fouls to Valpo's 10. For the game, Oakland was called for 24 fouls to Valpo's 23.

Oakland released a statement, attributed to Konya, later Sunday. It read, in part: "I am very passionate about this basketball program as well as this university and those comments were a result of the heat of the moment. I will take this as a learning opportunity and move forward with the Horizon League."

Konya and Judd were to serve the suspensions Sunday, and will be back for Friday night's game against rival Detroit at the O'Rena.

Konya has been Oakland's AD since July 2014; Judd has been in her current role since December 2006.