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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Sean Miller
The Pac-12 announced plans Tuesday to commission an independent review of officiating during the league tournament after comments by the conference's coordinator of officials raised questions about its integrity.
Former Pac-12 Conference coordinator of officials Ed Rush says he was just trying to "lighten the mood" in a tense locker room when he "jokingly" made offers of $5,000 or a trip to Mexico for any referee who disciplined Arizona coach Sean Miller during the league tournament.
Former Pac-12 Conference coordinator of officials Ed Rush says he was just trying to "lighten the mood" in a tense locker room when he "jokingly" made offers of $5,000 or a trip to Mexico for any referee who called a technical foul on Arizona coach Sean Miller during the league tournament.
Joking or not, perception proved to be too much for Ed Rush to remain the Pac-12's Conference's coordinator of officials.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday that comments made by the conference's coordinator of officials are "not a fireable offense" and have been "mischaracterized" as targeting only Arizona coach Sean Miller during internal meetings before the league tournament.
Hoping to boost the Pac-12 tournament's appeal, conference Commissioner Larry Scott pushed to move it from Los Angeles to a more exciting destination that would draw from all over the West.
College basketball coaches all around the country are using experienced transfers to restock their rosters.
At Rick Majerus' final stop, the lone concession to the coach's health woes were the footstools stationed at each corner of the practice court.
Rick Majerus, the jovial basketball-obsessed coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday. He was 64.
Arizona has gotten better with each game this season, the margins of victory growing, its talented freshman becoming more confident and comfortable.
The NBA season is on hold and seems as if it will never start.
Arizona basketball player Kevin Parrom was shot and wounded this weekend while visiting family in New York City but is expected to be OK, the university and police said Sunday.
Kevin Anderson, Maryland's rookie athletic director, does things differently, you have to admit. In January, he hired a football coach from a basketball school (Randy Edsall, formerly of Connecticut), and Monday he hired a basketball coach from a football school (Mark Turgeon, late of Texas A&M).
He can X-and-O with the nation's best hoops tacticians. He can recruit against anyone in the country. He can use his homegrown roots and local connections to dominate the D.C. area's fertile hotbed. The only thing Todd Bozeman can't do is give big-time athletic directors like Maryland's Kevin Anderson the courage to hire him.
On the dais Friday at Comcast Center sat a campus president hired in August, an athletic director chosen the next month and a basketball coach departing nearly 22 years after returning to Maryland.
He noted that Howland received the first _ and only _ technical foul of his UCLA career in the championship game loss to Oregon the next day for similar sideline behavior.
"Everybody wants to be able to make the NCAA tournament. It's so coveted," Miller said. "There are so many teams that are close."