And more impressions of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Drew Gordon from Portland...
John Mackovic made a few tweaks to the UA's uniforms when he took over in 2001, placing a "Block A" on the sleeve. Above, linebacker lance Briggs takes down a Washington State receiver. JAMES S. WOOD / ARIZONA DAILY STAR 2002
Aaron Gordon has stats, but his coach says: "He's also your hardest-working player. … He's just an ultimate competitor."
Ed Rush is gone, but the collateral damage is widespread. It has taken a toll on Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne, and diminished the credibility of college basketball officiating everywhere.
While questioning both the turnover call and technical foul that led to Sean Miller's postgame protests last month, former Pac-12 officials coordinator Ed Rush said Friday he had an "enormous amount" of respect for the Arizona Wildcats coach.
While questioning both the turnover call and technical foul that led to Sean Miller’s postgame protests last month, former Pac-12 officials coordinator Ed Rush said Friday he had an “enormous amount” of respect for the Arizona Wildcats’ coach.
Until referee Michael Irving called a technical foul on Arizona coach Sean Miller in the Pac-12 semifinals, he had worked 27 games involving conference teams without assessing a coach's technical foul.
Arizona players watch in anguish and disbelief as UCLA takes free throws after Sean Miller's technical foul during the Pac-12 tournament.
The Pac-12 says Sean Miller, reacting to his technical foul March 15, was one of "several coaches" targeted by ref chief Ed Rush for decorum.
CHICAGO - Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday there was nothing unethical nor any "breach of integrity" when officials coordinator Ed Rush asked officials to more critically watch Arizona's Sean Miller and other coaches during the Pac-12 tournament.
Ed Rush toured the Pac-12 basketball campuses last summer, establishing groundwork and marking his territory, the new-cop-in-town routine that was good in theory but doomed from the start.
But Larry Scott left open a window by saying Ed Rush's future will be determined after the conference speaks with coaches, athletic directors and officials.
Arizona guard Jordin Mayes scored eight points against UCLA. That's more than he had scored in the previous seven games combined.
LOS ANGELES - One reason for Sean Miller's relative optimism after a 74-69 loss at UCLA was actually two reasons: Grant Jerrett and Jordin Mayes.
Ajak Magot, center, a Cholla High grad and native of Sudan, is averaging 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds for Cochise.
With players like Jacob Incian, the Sunnyside boys basketball team went 19-10 and won a playoff game under Rob Harrison.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott was in Tucson last week to attend his first game at McKale Center, a dreaded 9 p.m. start to accommodate ESPN2.