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June 3, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Independent review supports Pac-12

A report released Sunday by Indianapolis-based law firm Ice Miller LLP said the Pac-12 was correct in its assessment that former 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.

In light of the findings, Pac-12 school presidents will take no further action on the officiating scandal.

Here’s a copy of the report.

And here’s Bud Withers’ take. Larry Scott, the Pac-12 commissioner, is scheduled to have a Monday morning teleconference on the report and Withers believes he has some explaining to do.

Ice Miller found 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.

Rush said he made the bounty offer in jest to lighten the mood in the officials’ locker room, but resigned as coordinator of officiating on April 4.

In a statement released by the school, Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said: “I am aware the Ice Miller report has been released. We are appreciative of the effort by the CEO Council to commission an independent review of the issues related to the Conference tournament. Coach Miller and I have discussed the report, and we are ready to move forward. We remain hopeful this report will lead to improvements in our officiating program. At this time I will have no further comment.”

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