Syracuse reprimand football operations director after melee

Ever see 3 personal fouls and a near brawl in one play? (2:12)

A wild Boston College interception nearly turns into melee after plethora of personal fouls. (2:12)

Syracuse, after consulting with the ACC, has reprimanded football operations director Brad Wittke for his role in a flag-filled altercation in Saturday's 28-20 win at Boston College.

Orange athletic director John Wildhack determined that Wittke had engaged in unsportsmanlike behavior by making contact with Eagles safety William Harris following a first-quarter interception.

"I hold all members of our athletics program to highest standard of conduct, and support the Atlantic Coast Conference's commitment to sportsmanship," Wildhack said in a release. "I've spoken with Brad and he fully understands that his actions were not appropriate."

Harris had picked off Eric Dungey and found himself amid a frenzy on the Syracuse sideline after his 64-yard return. Syracuse received two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the play, while BC received one.

Wittke appeared to escalate the situation by engaging Harris, seemingly pushing him to the ground after he had gotten back up from Dungey's tackle.

"I apologize to William Harris, Coach Addazio and the entire Boston College football team for my actions Saturday," Wittke said in a release. "While trying to prevent the situation from becoming worse I made contact with William, causing him to fall to the ground. I take responsibility for that and regret that it happened."

Eagles coach Steve Addazio deferred commenting on Wittke's behavior both after the game and at his Monday press conference, saying the league would handle the matter.

Wittke came over with first-year Syracuse coach Dino Babers from Bowling Green, where he had served in the same role with the Falcons last season. His father, Roy Wittke, is the Orange's director of football player development, having also come over from BGSU.