Miller calls trio of ejections 'bizarre'

2012-01-31T12:29:00Z 2012-01-31T12:53:05Z Miller calls trio of ejections 'bizarre'Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star

Maybe it's just a coincidence that Arizona has had players ejected for the past three Thursdays, but Sean Miller is wondering about it, at least.

Asked about the possible trend on today's Pac-12 teleconference, Miller began with a joke.

"We're trying to figure out this week on Thursday at Cal which guy we're going to try to get thrown out," Miller said. "You can imagine if you would do that four times in a row that would probably be a record and I'm sure somebody would call me into some office and have a talk with me.

"But I would say this, and I mean this in all seriousness, I don't want any of our players ejected from a game. It's about competing within the lines and it's very disappointing that it has happened."

Miller proceeded to detail each ejection: When Kyryl Natyazhko was thrown out against Oregon State for leaving the bench during a scuffle, when Solomon Hill was called for a flagrant-two foul for hitting Utah's Cedric Martin in the back of the head with an elbow, and when Josiah Turner picked up two technicals against Washington State and forward Brock Motum.

"We had an incident at Oregon State where we had player come about six feet off the bench, growl and turn beet red as he was doing it and by the letter of the law if you leave the bench, he deserved to be thrown out, and we've addressed that.

"In Solomon Hill's case you had two players really going at it. One (Martin) got Solomon pretty good and Solomon retaliated. I don't think his hit was malicious. It was disappointing that it was a flagrant two. I wish it could have been a double foul and officials could have looked at it differently but those are the circumstances.

"Josiah Turner, I don't think I've ever seen a player get ejected for that. We switched a ball screen. He's 6-1 on a 6-9 guy. He battled. There was contact both ways. I assumed it was a double foul. I guess it was a double technical. The identical play happened later where both guys were physical and the choice was again a technical, and again, by the letter of the law, if you get two technicals, a player is ejected.

"In my mind I've coached 19 total years, eight as head coach, and I don't know if I've had maybe one player ejected prior to this. For three Thursdays in a row for it to happen is really bizarre. I'm disappointed it happened. if it happens this Thursday I guess we would have an investigation."


UA's Feb. 9 game with Colorado will tip at 7 p.m. and be shown on ESPN or ESPN2. The exact network will be chosen closer to the game.


Washington State announced today that guard Faisal Aden has torn his left ACL last Thursday at McKale and will be out the rest of the season.

Kevin O'Neill was asked how he's holding up after his year at Arizona and since then with the troubles at USC.

"That was a challenging year at Arizona," KO said. "Last year was challenging. This year has been off the charts. I was expecting to maybe walk out to the parking garage and maybe have a van fall on my head. That would have been perfect."

A USC student newspaper columnist says KO is not to blame for the Trojans' woes this season.


The Seattle Times' Bud Withers calls Arizona the second-most disappointing team in the Pac-12 in his midseason report.


Doug Haller of the Republic has a complete look at all the Pac-12 absences this season.


Paul Buker of the Oregonian is wondering why OSU cheerleaders weren't allowed on the floor at Oregon on Sunday.


Dana Altman is disappointed in the Ducks.


Lorenzo Romar says the Huskies can keep getting better.


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