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
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington 3 4 0 0.429 14 5 0 0.737
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
USC at
Oregon State
1/24 55-59
Washington State at
Colorado
1/24 58-90
Arizona State at
Stanford
1/24 70-89
Washington at
Utah
1/25 56-77
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
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