It’s not over until an independent review says it is.
The Pac-12 announced Tuesday afternoon that it will commission an independent review of the circumstances surrounding “all of the officiating and coaching events during and following the recent Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.”
Those events have already resulted in the resignation of Ed Rush, the league’s coordinator of men’s basketball officials.
The issue now is the same as it was after Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com first reported that the league was investigating Rush for comments he made to officials about “targeting” Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller.
And that issue is trust.
The coaches, the fans, the players, need to have reasonable trust in a level playing field when it comes to officiating.
“Nothing is more important to the Pac-12, or to me personally, than maintaining confidence in our integrity,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.
Here is the complete statement from the conference: