Pac-12 officiating report to be delivered

2013-05-31T15:09:00Z 2013-05-31T17:50:01Z Pac-12 officiating report to be deliveredBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 31, 2013 3:09 pm  • 

The Pac-12-commissioned outside report on basketball officiating is expected to be delivered this weekend to conference leaders in Park City, Utah.

The conference appointed Indianapolis firm Ice Miller LLP to study the circumstances around the conference's officiating during the Pac-12 Tournament, a controversy that led to the resignation of officials coordinator Ed Rush after the conference said Rush improperly tried to prod officials into more closely monitoring UA's Sean Miller and other coaches.

The conference's athletic directors are scheduled to be updated on the situation during their meetings today and Saturday, while the conference presidents are scheduled to hear the full findings on Sunday.

Arizona AD Greg Byrne said he's curious to see what the report finds.

However, it is not clear if any action might be taken nor if it will become public. 

Pac-12 spokesman Erik Hardenberg, responding to a request for comment from commissioner Larry Scott, said it is up to the presidents if they wish to release the findings or their reaction to it. Their meeting is closed.

"The report is for the executive committee and they are presenting it to the presidents," Hardenbergh said.

Oregon State president Ed Ray, CEO of the Pac-12's executive group, did not respond to a request for comment.

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After ranking Arizona No. 2 in basketball brand equity earlier this week, an Emory University study listed the rest of the Pac-12, with UCLA second, followed by Washington and Stanford.

The study, which measures revenue relative to success, noted that attendance played a role in Arizona's ranking ahead of UCLA.

"Over the ten years of our study, both UCLA and Arizona averaged approximately 22 wins," Emory researchers wrote. "However, the Wildcats almost always filled up the McKale Center, while the Bruins had trouble packing Pauley Pavilion."

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MoMo Jones is getting looks from the Wizards, Pistons and Nets.

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Shabazz Muhammad's dad, Ron Holmes, has been indicted on federal bank fraud and conspiracy charges.

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Three years after its near-death experience, the Big 12 announced some pretty robust financial payoffs.

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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson says playing 3x3 for USA Basketball taught him not to give up. (thanks Chris for the link).

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NBC's Rob Dauster has been writing this week about the possibility of Aaron Gordon playing the three at UA.  This does not appear a sure thing, considering: Sean Miller has said it's difficult for a freshman to play both small and power forward, Gordon projects as a power forward in college and Miller often moved Solomon Hill to power forward last season despite saying before the season that Hill would play small forward.

But, on the other hand, Gordon may be good enough to pull it off.

I'm sure this is a topic that will be revisited many times over the next six months...

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No former UA players are listed on Chad Ford's list of the Top 30 NBA Draft prospects (well, unless you count No. 28 Jeff Withey).

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MarxMadness noted on the previous discussion thread that the Emory folks labeled their blog post "best fan bases." This is true though the graphic speaks to "brand equity," so that's what I listed.

In the blog post, Emory professors make it clear they are basing their study on teams that have the strongest brand and pull in money no matter what is going on.

I asked co-author Michael Lewis to define if "best fan bases" was the most accurate way to portray it and how he would characterize the findings.

This is what he said:

"Let's call it fan equity based on a revenue premium model."

So there you go, FWIW...

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