Arizona Basketball Independent review details wrong subject matter

Sean Miller reacts to drawing a technical foul during Arizona's loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament (YouTube)

Sean Miller reacts to drawing a technical foul during Arizona’s loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament (YouTube)

The Pac-12 tournament was almost three months ago and Arizona’s basketball team begins practice in almost three months, but we are still reading about the conference’s officiating.

In any other year — and with every other conference — nobody is thinking about basketball refs in June.

That’s what happens when the coordinator of officiating says something out of line.

The conference has to save face. That’s exactly what the independent review of Pac-12’s officiating during the conference tournament was intended to do. We, the general public, got nothing out of this.

The intent of the report, conducted by the law firm Ice Miller, LLP, allows Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott to sleep easier at night. Let’s not forget the Pac-12 commissioned this report.

The 51-page review of the officiating program devoted ink to Miller’s $25,000 fine for his behavior after the Arizona-UCLA semifinal game in the conference tournament at Las Vegas.

It is unfortunate the review did not primarily focus on the Pac-12’s officiating operation overall, from the start of the season until the end. The review should be a derivative of former coordinator of officiating Ed Rush’s inappropriate and unprofessional light-hearted bounty, and the obvious dissension within the ranks of officials.

Read the rest of my piece at, a part of the Sports Illustrated-sponsored Sports Network. publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports, and Sports Illustrated-sponsored site


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