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Miller fined $25K by Pac-12 for acting 'inappropriately' Friday

2013-03-18T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T11:28:52Z Miller fined $25K by Pac-12 for acting 'inappropriately' FridayBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Pac-12 announced it has reprimanded and fined Arizona coach Sean Miller $25,000 for two postgame incidents after the Wildcats' 66-64 loss to UCLA in Las Vegas on Friday.

The conference said in a statement Sunday night that Miller confronted an official on the floor immediately after the game and later "acted inappropriately" toward a staff member in the hallway of the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Miller had been warned about acting inappropriately toward officials after games, the Pac-12 said.

"The conference has a formal system of evaluation and feedback in place for coaches to express concern about officiating," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said. "Coaches play a significant role in the overall officiating program and are expected to address concerns through the structure provided.

"Threatening, intimidating and unprofessional conduct will not be tolerated. … Even in tense and trying moments following a game, we expect Pac-12 coaches to conduct themselves in a professional manner."

A UA spokesman said Sunday night that Miller would not comment on the fine and reprimand, and UA athletic director Greg Byrne was not available for comment. However, Byrne supported Miller on Twitter.

"We are aware of the reprimand by the Pac-12," Byrne's Twitter page read. "We are now solely focused on the NCAA tournament, and I'm glad Sean Miller is our coach."

During a brief news conference Sunday before the Pac-12's announcement, Miller referenced Friday's events. After the game, Miller had indirectly criticized officials for calling a turnover on Mark Lyons because he believed a UCLA player touched the ball, and then criticized himself for picking up a technical foul when he argued the point during the game.

"You get into situations and circumstances and you learn a lot," Miller said. "This week was a learning experience and what it tells me as the coach at Arizona is that we have each other, that our players and their development and their opportunity is by far the thing that matters the most, especially to me. To never lose sight that it's about one thing: the University of Arizona."

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 9 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 67-78
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 60-55
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
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