Greg Hansen: Miller fine lets Pac-12 draw line

2013-03-18T20:39:00Z Greg Hansen: Miller fine lets Pac-12 draw lineGreg Hansen Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 18, 2013 8:39 pm  • 

The Pac-12 has been so provincial and so soft for so long that it was inevitable a coach like Arizona’s Sean Miller would pay for the sins of his predecessors.

Miller will pay for the behavior of former UCLA basketball coach Steve Lavin, who in 2001 said Pac-10 referee Craig Grismore “is the worst official in the country” and made throat-cutting gestures toward Grismore during a UCLA-Oregon State game.

Lavin’s punishment? A toothless probation with no games missed or fine assessed.

Miller will pay for eight years of sideline theatrics and referee baiting by former Arizona football coach Mike Stoops, who was never reprimanded or punished by the league, and by those such as Stanford’s irascible Jim Harbaugh, who never received anything more than a wrist slap for acting like a madman.

Miller will pay for UCLA coach Ben Howland’s tantrum in Saturday’s Pac-12 title game, when he became so steamed that he tore off his jacket and threw it into the bleachers. (An ESPN technician measured Howland’s jacket-toss at 15 feet 2 inches.)

Finally, after decades of anything goes on the sidelines — after Cal coach Mike Montgomery was merely reprimanded for shoving one of his players last month — the Pac-12 has made a stance.

It fined Miller $25,000, an unprecedented figure industry-wide, for his critical reactions to referees and to a Pac-12 functionary after Friday’s loss to UCLA.

Read more in Tuesday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 14 2 0 0.875 26 3 0 0.897
Utah 12 4 0 0.750 22 6 0 0.786
Oregon 12 5 0 0.706 22 8 0 0.733
UCLA 11 7 0 0.611 19 12 0 0.613
Stanford 9 7 0 0.563 18 10 0 0.643
Oregon State 8 10 0 0.444 16 13 0 0.552
Arizona State 7 9 0 0.438 16 14 0 0.533
California 6 9 0 0.400 16 12 0 0.571
Colorado 6 9 0 0.400 13 13 0 0.500
Washington State 6 10 0 0.375 12 16 0 0.429
Washington 4 12 0 0.250 15 13 0 0.536
USC 3 14 0 0.176 11 18 0 0.379

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
USC at
UCLA
3/4 74-85
Oregon at
Oregon State
3/4 65-62
Colorado at
Washington
3/5 7:00 pm
California at
Arizona
3/5 7:00 pm
Utah at
Washington State
3/5 9:00 pm
Stanford at
Arizona State
3/5 9:00 pm
California at
Arizona State
3/7 12:30 pm
Stanford at
Arizona
3/7 2:00 pm
Utah at
Washington
3/7 2:30 pm
Colorado at
Washington State
3/7 4:30 pm
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