User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Pac-12 officials head cleared of accusation

PHOENIX (AP) - The Pac-12 said Monday that coordinator of officials Ed Rush was joking when he told officials to target Arizona coach Sean Miller during internal meetings before the conference tournament.

Advertisement
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said the conference investigated a CBSSports.com report that Rush offered a group of officials $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they hit Miller with a technical foul or ejected him during the tournament.

It concluded that Rush was not serious in offering the incentives.

``I consider the integrity of our officiating program to be of the highest importance and immediately ordered a review of the matter,'' Scott said in a statement. ``Based on the review, we have concluded that while Rush made inappropriate comments that he now regrets during internal meetings that referenced rewards, he made the comments in jest and the officials in the room realized they were not serious offers. Following our review, we have discussed the matter with Rush, taken steps to ensure it does not happen again, and communicated our findings to all of our officials.''

Miller was hit with a technical foul during the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament against UCLA for arguing a late double-dribble call against Wildcats guard Mark Lyons.

Arizona lost the game 66-64 and Miller went on a memorable postgame rant about the technical foul, waving his arms while repeating, ``He touched the ball'' five times in a row. He was later hit with a $25,000 fine from the Pac-12 for what the conference said was for confronting an official on the floor and acting inappropriately toward a staff member in the hallway.

Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said the school contacted the Pac-12 office after learning of Rush's alleged offer against Miller.

``On Sunday, March 17, we first learned of the allegation of the events that occurred during the conference tournament,'' Byrne's statement said. ``Due to the serious implications, we immediately shared our concerns with Commissioner Scott and the conference office. We know that an investigation was held and any further issue is a matter for the Pac-12 office.''

Rush is a former NBA official who also served as the league's director of officiating. He was a consultant to the Pac-12 before becoming conference coordinator of officials last year.

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Edwards: Saturday's Tip Sheet
Creighton crushes Longwood, 113-58
Wake beats Greensboro on late three
Hartford stuns Boston College, 65-63
Florida Gulf Coast holds off Siena, 73-69
Anderson leads Navy over Columbia
Patton is game-changer for Creighton
Sophomore Sima to transfer from St. John's
Kentucky opens trek against Hofstra
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA BK Hot Streaks
20-6 L26 G-Plays, 29-11 L40 Picks
5-1 L6, 11-3 Run, 7-1 L8 G-Plays
7-3 L10 G-Plays, +2,430 Overall TY
5-1 L6 G-Plays, 8-3 L11 Picks
25-14 L39, +1,627 This Year
3-1 LN, 21-10 Run, 9-4 G-Plays
6-2 L3 Days, 11-2 L13 G-Plays
5-2 L7 Guaranteed Plays
7-2 L9 G-Plays, +1,909 Overall TY
4-2 L6 G-Plays, 6-3 L9 Picks
6-2 Last 8 CBK Selections
8-4 NCAA BK Record TY
4-2 Last 6 CBK Over/Unders
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2215
Bruce Marshall + 1909
Jim Feist + 1627
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 595
Bruce Marshall + 486
John Fisher + 455
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Brian Edwards 71 %
Michael Black 67 %
Scott Rickenbach 66 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 1044
Brian Edwards + 490
Jim Feist + 480
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 1392
Kyle Hunter + 690
Bill Marzano + 480
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 923
Kyle Hunter + 685
Kevin Rogers + 621
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership