The Arizona Wildcats are headed to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the Sean Miller era. However, their tourney dancing slippers just got $25,000 more expensive. Miller has been fined by the Pac 12 for a few moments of the coach behaving like a poor man’s Bob Knight.
During Arizona’s loss to UCLA Bruins, Miller was given a technical foul for going bonkers over a traveling call. Miller claims that guard, Mark Lyons, only “touched the ball” and that the call was based exclusively in fiction. The officials gave Miller a T, but that was not the lone reason for the hefty fine by the conference.
Supposedly, Miller had another unbecoming moment with an official after the game and then acted not so nicely to another staff member. According to a press conference release, Miller has already been warned about such behavior. More so, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott had this to say in the release, ”The conference has a formal system of evaluation and feedback in place for coaches to express concern about officiating. 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.”
Miller need not worry about Arizona having his back. The school’s athletic director has already stated that he is happy to have him with the program and is ready to move forward to the NCAA Tournament.
Although, you can’t blame the Pac 12 for taking action. If Miller had been previously warned, you can’t idly standby after he acted like he did in the UCLA loss. In fairness, however, Miller has claimed that the technical was unwarranted. At the same time, he was fined for reasons other than being given a T.
25 grand is a lot of money. So, I guess Miller will start to calm down on the sidelines — oh, and I’m going on a date with Kate Upton.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone