WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference announced today that it has reprimanded and fined University of Arizona men's head basketball coach Sean Miller $25,000 for two post game incidents.
The two incidents occurred after Arizona's loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament on Friday, March 15th. Immediately following the game, Coach Miller confronted a game official on the floor, and then acted inappropriately toward a staff member in the hallway of the arena.
"The Conference has a formal system of evaluation and feedback in place for coaches to express concern about officiating," said Pac-12 Commissioner, Larry Scott. "Coaches play a significant role in the overall officiating program and are expected to address concerns through the structure provided," he added. "Threatening, intimidating and unprofessional conduct will not be tolerated."
Pac-12 officials are graded on game performance. Future assignments are based on this grading structure as well as coach feedback. The Pac-12 previously warned Coach Miller about inappropriate, post game conduct toward officials.
"Even in tense and trying moments following a game, we expect Pac-12 coaches to conduct themselves in a professional manner," said Commissioner Scott. "Our coaches represent their teams, their universities and our conference. We expect them to set an example for our student athletes and to meet the highest standard of sportsmanship and behavior on and off the court."
Tucson News Now after reviewing the video of the end of the game has identified the game official as Michael Irving. Irving has been a collegiate official for 16 years.
Miller can be seen yelling at Irving after the final buzzer. Associated Head Coach James Whitford can be seen walking in between Miller and Irving before Miller turns away to go shake hands with UCLA coach Ben Howland.
Irving appeared taken aback by whatever it was that Miller said to him.
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David Kelly contributed to this story.