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...by Pac12 head of officials, Ed Rush? It was "investigated" and it sounds like nothing more then a slap on the rest for Rush. Unbelievable.
Pac-12 coordinator of basketball officials and former NBA referee Ed Rush has been investigated by the Pac-12 for comments made about Arizona's Sean Miller.
Time to nut up or shut up
Now that is the best April Fools joke of all time.
Everyone knows that refs never admit mistakes or are penalized for them.
I'm still trying to figure out how they got CBS Sports to play along.
Rush must be fired. You cannot have a league where the fans have any doubts about the integrity of your officials.
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Just cant put it more simply.
Cause and effect on this should make an Arizona fan want to hit the street and riot.
Joking aside. I'm kinda pissed off.
Rescind the fine or Scott and Rush both need to resign immediately. Rush should regardless.
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WOW just WOW!!! That is insane. The quotes from LS and Rush confirm that this is true. I agree with Brad, Rush has to go. You can not let anything like that happen and then let the person keep his job. Just shows how bad the whole PAC12 officiating is.
This going huge! All over Facebook and twitter. Hill even said:
Solomon Hill (@kingxsolo):
im waiting for the PAC-12 to reveal its just an April fools joke...
PAC12 wishing this never got out right about now.
This post was edited by CatsinCO 12 months ago
What is Greg Byrne going to do?
Is he out for blood?
Does he have Millers back now that no one is disputing the charges?
What about the other Coaches in the P12?
What happens the next time a Coach is Td up?
No way this ends here.... I don't care if it was a joke... Scott needs to run Rush right out of town on a rail....
This post was edited by Pin High 12 months ago
BEAR DOWN boys... The best is yet to come....
Does anyone know how to contact Pac conference offices?
My buddy the college ref has not yet responded to the link I sent him but I will be interested to know what his thoughts are.
What I have learned from him horrifies me and I have posted some it. For example, refs are taught, in every camp, at every level, to keep the games close. They conference prior to the game to discuss the individual habits of coaches and players and are often watching for specific things. It's a different culture than even the most seasoned fan realizes and there is plenty more things like make up calls actually do consciously occur.
Nothing about this surprises me.
It is a very serious issue, and as angry as we can all be, I think the question mark about the future is even more scary. This has to be handled exceptionally well.
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Wow. Rush has gotta go. This is really bad. I think everyone around the country has always known that Pac-12 referees are incompetent... now it looks like they're on the take. This gives the league an opportunity to do something about it. Larry Scott has a chance to turn this into something positive for the conference... as long as he does something. Hopefully he takes this opportunity to totally revamp the referee program for the conference.
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On one hand, kudos to the PAC12 for actually investigating instead of ignoring until everyone moved on.
On the other hand, shame on them for not already firing Ed Rush. Larry Scott should have done this before even making a statement to the press, and sadly (or not if he is involved as has been speculated) it should probably cost him his job now too. You cannot have even the appearance of impropriety when it comes to this, and his failure to deal with it appropriately calls his integrity into question.
Rush used to be in the NBA, but was run out of town for poor performance....We're the PAC 12, we'll hire anyone!
Teach me how to make links like you do. Good one...wish it were true
Wow! They really were out to F*** us! Weather Rush was joking or not about the reward, he clearly has a bias against Miller. He should be gone. And Larry Scott, way to bury your head in the sand. If he is going to let that kind of crap go on in our leagues then he needs to be gone too. That really pisses me off. I go out of my way to defend and trumpet the Pac 12 and this is the kind of shit that goes on under Larry's watch. Unbelievable.
This thing is exploding. It is all over the net at this point. Scott was probably hoping that no one would find out about it or if did not many people would see it. Too late for that to happen. I have a feeling this could get ugly
Here is the Seattle TImes article about it. The last paragraph is very telling:
"Veteran Dick Cartmell of the Tri-Cities, a five-time Final Four official, recently submitted his resignation from the Pac-12. Monday, he cited to The Seattle Times "personal differences with the direction of the officiating program.""
My gym is on the same property as the Pac 12 headquarters here in Walnut Creek so maybe I'll run into Mr. Rush.
Part of me wants to believe that refs talk about this before many games because it seems in tune with human nature (absent professionalism). However, a smarter part of me thinks that this is unusual because it's out in the public eye. Why would another zebra point this out now if it happened all the time?
I have no idea what to believe.
CBS' Parrish has it correct. Whether Rush was "joking" in the pre-game meeting or not, this is no joking matter and he MUST be fired. Let me add that after the UCLA game, I know multiple media sources including myself here at WSR talked about how ridiculous it was that pre-game (Friday) the officials had a meeting to discuss how the officials for the Arizona/UCLA game were to put added emphasis on the coaches box and the player benches. I made the comment that the Pac-12 was more concerned about events occurring on the sideline rather than on the floor during live action. Hence, we had 3/4 of the story late Friday night, but what was missed was this nonsense about Rush going the extra step and actually trying to "get" Sean Miller. Either way, if this guy is employed by the Pac-12 by this Friday I'll be shocked. This story is going to spread like wild fire.
This story will forever shape the way fans view every close call made in an Arizona game, good or bad. If a call goes against Arizona, it'll be because the officials have been instructed to make life difficult for Sean Miller. If a call goes Arizona's way, it'll be because the officials are overcompensating to ensure nobody thinks they're out to get Miller anymore.
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I don't either, but I can tell you one thing. It smells like a huge steaming pile of donkey dung. Something is really wrong when each answer raises more questions. These guys are trying to cover their asses, shift blame to the coach(es) and do anything and everything EXCEPT take responsibility. That ALWAYS indicates deeper issues.
'General coaching decorum' could be addressed with each of them via email or by the league office in a conference call or just about any other way than deciding the outcome of a game.
If it's because he was out of the box, say 'He was out of the box, that's a technical and we called it' and own it. But no one is.
where there is smoke, there is fire. Hopefully an all consuming and very cleansing fire in this case. Byrne needs to not let this go until he gets satisfactory answers.
This is where the TV contract with ESPN really helps. No way they are going to stand by and let the integrity of the game be questioned. They will force Scotts hand. Worse part about this...the kids who busted their asses while grown men acted like idiots! Unreal!
Exactly wineknow. The conference needed to own that technical considering its magnitude. Again, it occurred with 4:47 on the clock and Arizona leading by two in the midst of a very controversial traveling call on Lyons.
The conference could have easily issued a statement following the game providing the specific reason why Sean Miller was assessed a technical foul, but they didn't. Now it appears we know why because Ed Rush clearly couldn't have said late that Friday night, "Well, the technical was called because earlier that day I issued a bounty on Sean Miller by providing a $5000 reward or trip to Cancun to the official that assessed him a technical foul at some point in the conference tournament. I was joking and certainly didn't think anyone on that night's crew was taking me seriously. Oh well, my bad."
Now that I realize that this really happened, it is so surreal.
This is something that be does not joke about. Ever.
That this is even a rumor or " joke" abut Miller is unconcionable.
Heads need to roll, big time.
This makes the Pac 12 tournament a total rigged game and has affected the outcome of the seasons of virtually all teams in the NCAA tournament.
While one could say that Arizona wasnt really hurt by the seeding, it affects things like season records, performance bonuses -- so many things.
The technical foul changed the outcome of the game and that official better never ref so much as a grade school game.
Is this an April Fools Day joke?
Where does the NCAA come into play in all of this? It seems too easy for the Pac-12 to simply say, "It was a bad joke. Sorry. Our bad." In light of this information, it could appear that the ref's call was made for personal profit rather than for enforcement of the rules. It totally affected the outcome of a pivotal game. It casts serious doubt on the Pac-12 officials' integrity. Can't the NCAA come in and lay down some hurt on the Pac-12 for this unprofessional behavior? There must be some sort of NCAA oversight.
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Not only did this "T" affect both the Pac 12 season and NCAA tournament, Miler was fined $25k for asking a question.
This has all the markings of severe, and I mean severe corruption at the highest levels of he Pac 12.
The PAC 12 needs to make change, BIG CHANGE because otherwise this sordid affair is swept under the rug.
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