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Independent review clears Pac-12

Mon., June 3, 2013, midnight

Pac-12 school presidents will take no further action after an independent review found the conference properly handled concerns about officiating during its conference tournament.

A report released Sunday by Indianapolis-based law firm Ice Miller LLP said the Pac-12 was correct in its assessment that coordinator of officiating Ed Rush wasn’t serious when he offered bounties to any official who disciplined Arizona coach Sean Miller during the Pac-12 tournament in March.

Ice Miller also agreed that Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott had the authority and made a reasonable decision in fining Miller $25,000 for his actions during and after Arizona’s semifinal game against UCLA.

The report did say a technical foul against Miller during the UCLA game likely would have not been called had Rush not directed officials to be more strict about bench decorum, but found that the game was officiated with integrity and no favoritism toward either team.

The Pac-12 CEO Group, comprised of school presidents, said the conference will use the report to guide how it restructures the men’s basketball officiating program and polices.

The Pac-12’s officiating program came under scrutiny following the conference tournament, when reports surfaced that Rush had offered $5,000 or a trip to Mexico for any official who hit Miller with a technical or ejected him from a game.

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