The resignation of head of officials Ed Rush following his comments encouraging officials to target Arizona coach Sean Miller in the Pac-12 Tournament was not the end of the conference's effort to change perceptions. They have launched an independent investigation into the officiating at the tournament.
Here's the release from the conference:
Walnut Creek, Calif. – Pac-12 CEO Group Chair Edward J. Ray and Commissioner Larry Scott have decided to commission an independent review of the officiating dispute that arose during the recent Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Conference announced today.
The independent review will examine all of the officiating and coaching events during and following the recent Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
In addition, Ray and Scott expect that the review will contribute to a broader examination of the officiating program. The review will report directly to the Executive Committee of the Conference’s CEO Group governing board.
“After considering the matter, Commissioner Scott and I agree that an independent review is important to maintain the confidence of our members, and of the public, in the integrity of our competition,” President Ray said.
“While the review will focus primarily on the tournament, we expect that it will inform a broader examination of our men’s basketball officiating and help us provide the best possible program.”
Commenting on the independent review, Commissioner Scott said: “Nothing is more important to the Pac- 12, or to me personally, than maintaining confidence in our integrity. Given the conflicting media reports, it is important that we do whatever we can to understand all the facts, not only to resolve the questions about officiating during the tournament but also to learn lessons that will help us make changes and improvements to our overall program.”
Experts who are entirely independent of the Pac-12 Conference will conduct the review. The Executive Committee will select the experts and establish a timetable for the review shortly. It is expected to be completed in time for the CEO Group’s June meeting.
This post was updated April 11.