The Pac-12 Conference announced Sunday it has reprimanded and fined Arizona coach Sean Miller $25,000 for two postgame incidents after the Wildcats’ loss to UCLA in the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament.
Immediately after the game, Miller confronted a game official on the floor, and then acted inappropriately toward a staff member in the hallway of the arena.
“The Conference has a formal system of evaluation and feedback in place for coaches to express concern about officiating,” said Pac-12 Commissioner, Larry Scott. “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.”
Pac-12 officials are graded on game performance. Future assignments are based on this grading structure as well as coach feedback, the conference explained in its news release. The Pac-12 previously warned Miller about inappropriate, postgame conduct toward officials.
“Even in tense and trying moments following a game, we expect Pac-12 coaches to conduct themselves in a professional manner,” said Scott. “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.”