Arizona's Miller fined $25K for postgame actions
The Pac-12 Conference has fined Arizona coach Sean Miller $25,000 for his actions following the 18th-ranked Wildcats' loss to UCLA in the semifinals of the conference tournament.The Pac-12 Conference fined Arizona coach Sean Miller $25,000 on Sunday for his actions following the 18th-ranked Wildcats' loss to UCLA in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
The Pac-12 said Miller was fined for confronting a game official on the floor and for acting inappropriately toward a staff member in the hallway.
"Even in tense and trying moments following a game, we expect Pac-12 coaches to conduct themselves in a professional manner," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. "Our coaches represent their teams, their universities and our conference. We expect them to set an example for our student athletes and to meet the highest standard of sportsmanship and behavior on and off the court."
Miller received a technical foul late in Arizona's 66-64 loss to No. 21 UCLA on Thursday for arguing that Wildcats guard Mark Lyons should not have been called for a double dribble because Bruins guard Jordan Adams touched the ball.
Miller apologized after the game for getting a technical so late in a close game, but added that he did not cuss or challenge the officials and went on a rant that became an instant online sensation.
"The reason I got the technical foul is because I said, 'He touched the ball. He touched the ball. He touched the ball. He touched the ball. HE TOUCHED THE BALL,' " Miller said during his postgame news conference. "That's a hard one when you work August, September, October, November, December, January, February, and here we are.
"My man over here (senior Solomon Hill), he's never coming back here again. His coach gets a technical foul. Didn't cuss. Didn't challenge him."
In its statement, the Pac-12 said its officials are graded on game performance and future assignments are determined by the grading process and coaches' feedback. The conference also said it has warned Miller about inappropriate postgame comments toward officials before.
"The Conference has a formal system of evaluation and feedback in place for coaches to express concern about officiating," 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."
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