Pac-12 CEO Group releases independent review of basketball tournament officiating

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 CEO Group released the findings of its independent basketball officiating review conducted by the law firm of Ice Miller, LLP, the Conference announced today.

Pac-12 CEO Group Chair Edward J. Ray commissioned the review on behalf of the Pac-12 CEO Group in response to the officiating dispute that arose during the 2013 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Ice Miller reviewed the events leading up to, during and after the tournament game between Arizona and UCLA on March 15, the conduct of former Pac-12 Coordinator of Officiating Ed Rush, and the Pac-12 discipline of Arizona Coach Sean Miller.

Commenting on the independent review, Ray said: "The Pac-12 CEO Group fully reviewed and discussed the Ice Miller report and agreed that is was an objective analysis of all known facts surrounding the officiating dispute at this year's Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament. The CEO Group accepted the report, agreed there is no further action required, and determined that this independent review brings closure to the matter."

"The report provides valuable lessons for all parties, which will be incorporated in how we restructure the men's basketball officiating program and policies. We are moving forward with a renewed commitment to accountability and ethical conduct to assure the overall integrity of our competition for our members and the public," Ray concluded.

The full report is available here.

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