Head Of Pac-12 Officials Told Refs He’d Buy Them A Trip To Cancun If They Gave Sean Miller A Technical During The Game Arizona Lost To UCLA Because Of A Technical
CBS – Pac-12 coordinator of basketball officials and former NBA referee Ed Rush has been investigated by the Pac-12 for comments made about Arizona coach Sean Miller in meetings that included several Pac-12 referees.Rush, according to a source within the Pac-12 officiating group, told a group of referees on the Thursday of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas that he would give them $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they either “rang him up” or “ran him,” meaning hit Miller with a technical or toss him out of the game. Rush then reiterated during a Friday morning meeting, according to one referee in attendance, that officials should take similar action against Miller if he did anything on Friday in the Pac-12 semifinals against UCLA. “He was emphatic about not dealing with him (Miller),” the ref told CBSSports.com. “He made that perfectly clear.”
Referee Michael Irving — who sources confirmed was in the room with Rush on Friday — hit Miller with a controversial technical with 4:37 left in the Pac-12 semifinals against UCLA. The Bruins wound up winning the game, 66-64. Miller was upset about a double-dribble call on Arizona point guard Mark Lyons, arguing that a UCLA player had gotten his hand on the ball before Lyons picked it up.
The source said the technical foul call was out of character for Irving. “That’s not Michael (Irving)’s mentality as a ref,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of losing assignments within the Pac-12. “He’s a really good ref and manages situations without using technicals. It was absolutely because of what was said in the meeting. There’s no doubt in my mind. It’s a bad position to be put in.” “As a basketball referee, it’s a horrible position to be put in by your supervisor,” he continued. “If you don’t do anything, you probably won’t get any good games down the road — or you may not get any games at all. That leaves us in a tough spot.”
Is this news to people? Is Sean Miller upset about this? That his team lost and got knocked out of the Pac-12 tourney because he got a technical strictly due to a bribe? Uhh bro it’s basketball. Basketball refs cheat. Read a book or something. Give them the choice between doing a respectable job, or going on an all expenses paid vacation to spring break in Cancun, what do you think is going to happen? Bunch of little Dongahys running around looking for a payday or a beachside cabana to get away from watching sweaty dudes bump each other in the block and uptight coaches screaming in their ears about how much they suck. I mean I love basketball, it’s my favorite sport, but if you don’t go into that knowing the refs have hidden agendas then you’re just embarrassingly clueless. Why else do you think this got swept under the rug immediately?
At least you weren’t playing against the Lakers.