Pac-12 commissions officiating review
by Jace Evans and George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports
In response to the resignation of Pac-12 officiating coordinator Ed Rush following a report that said he targeted Arizona head coach Sean Miller during the Pac-12 tournament, the conference announced Tuesday that an independent review of the incident will take place.
The review is expected not only to focus on the officiating in the Pac-12 tournament, but also examine the officiating program as a whole.
The decision to launch the review was made by Pac-12 CEO Group Chair Edward J. Ray and conference Commissioner Larry Scott.
“It’s about making sure we understand all the facts that went on around the (Pac-12) tournament,” Scott told USA TODAY Sports. “We had immediately upon hearing the complaint instituted an internal review. Our head of enforcement (Ron Barker) talked to all of the officials he could, including the officials who worked that (UCLA-Arizona) game.
Scott said media reports painted a different picture than what Barker had been told in his investigation.
“There’s nothing more important than the integrity of our officiating,” Scott said. “We think we know the facts but we want to make sure. And we want to build a better (officiating) program going forward.”
The review will be made by independent experts selected by the Pac-12 executive committee and is expected to be completed in time for the CEO Group’s meeting in June. Scott said the conference’s board of directors — the presidents of its member universities — will decide whether the report will be made public. The firm or individual conducting the review has not been determined, Scott said.
Rush resigned April 4, following a report that he told Pac-12 officials on the Thursday of the Pac-12 tournament that he would give $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if Miller was given a technical foul or ejected. “I think I said at the time and I still feel the statements (Rush) had made and how he made his point were inappropriate and unacceptable,” Scott said. “I was very, very concerned about what I heard. Having said that, the internal report we received did not show there was a serious offer made.”
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