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Pac-12: ‘No further action’ in officiating dispute
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 2, 2013 @ 8:05 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
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An independent review of an officiating dispute at the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament that led to the resignation of officiating coordinator Ed Rush and a fine and reprimand of Arizona coach Sean Miller will result in “no further action,” the Pac-12 said in a news release issued Sunday.
Rush resigned in April following a CBSSports.com report that said he targeted Miller during the Pac-12 tournament in March.
The review was commissioned by the Pac-12 CEO Group and Commissioner Larry Scott a few days after Rush resigned. The review was conducted by Ice Miller LLP, a law firm based in Indianapolis.
Said Oregon State President Ed Ray, also chair of the Pac-12 CEO Group, in the Pac-12 release:
“The Pac-12 CEO Group fully reviewed and discussed the Ice Miller report and agreed that it was an objective analysis of all known facts surrounding the officiating dispute at this year’s Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The CEO Group accepted the report, agreed there is no further action required, and determined that this independent review brings closure to the matter.
“The report provides valuable lessons for all parties, which will be incorporated in how we restructure the men’s basketball officiating program and policies. We are moving forward with a renewed commitment to accountability and ethical conduct to assure the overall integrity of our competition for our members and the public.”
Rush resigned April 4, following the CBS Sports report that he told game 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. The independent report, which included 42 interviews that included numerous Pac-12 game officials, confirmed Rush’s statements.
“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 told USA TODAY Sports in April. “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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