Report details tension between Arizona Wildcats, Pac-12

2013-04-21T13:15:00Z Report details tension between Arizona Wildcats, Pac-12Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 21, 2013 1:15 pm  • 

PORTLAND -- A report in USA Today tonight further highlighted the tension between Arizona and the Pac-12 over the events surrounding former Pac-12 officials coordinator Ed Rush and Wildcats coach Sean Miller last month.

Rush has said that the technical foul that prompted Miller's postgame actions on March 15 was incorrect, and that he tried unsuccessfully to contact Miller, while USA Today now has correspondence adding more detail between the two sides.

Among other things, correspondence showed:

-- Arizona AD Greg Byrne said Rush's tone was "condescending" during a response to Miller's concern over the officiating from UA's March 2 loss at UCLA

-- Byrne asked for a waiver of Miller's $25,000 fine that Scott agreed to under certain condtions (which UA did not agree to).

-- Miller wrote a letter of apology to the Pac-12 staffer who was the subject of a postgame rant but Miller would not agree to a meeting with Rush and Scott.

-- In a March 26 memo (two days before UA's season ended), Scott said Miller had not shown "any signs of contrition," and said he was troubled by an impression that Byrne condoned Miller's behavior. Byrne forwarded the memo to UA president Ann Weaver Hart, who wrote back to Byrne, saying: "We need to let this go now. You did your best."

When reached Sunday morning, Byrne declined to comment but said via Twitter: "President Hart has been extremely supportive."

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Here's what became even clearer about Aaron Gordon after the Hoop Summit game: He's intensely serious about basketball, staying late after every practice and even critiquing the strategy the USA Junior Select team played.

"We needed to play more fluidly," he said. "We were second-guessing each other on the court. I think all of us kind of worried about what some of the coaches were saying a little bit too much."

When asked what his best memories of the week were, Gordon said:

"Just being able to shoot in the gym, on an NBA floor in an NBA gym," Gordon said. "I just like the fact that I got better."

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Hollis-Jefferson, meanwhile, not only played competitively the entire time on both ends of the floor, showing his length and comfort around the basket, but he also showed personality.

Hollis-Jefferson was the leading showman when the USA Junior Select team put on a clinic for the St. Mary's Home for Boys, leading cheers at one point. 

 "Those guys have had tough lives, and you want to help them," Hollis-Jefferson said.

Jefferson also added a bit of fun to the Junior Select team's ensuing practice Friday.

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Here's the official Hoop Summit boxscore. Our full coverage from the game will be posted at midnight.

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