Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The season ended in dramatically devastating fashion five days ago, and many Wildcat fans are probably still in mourning (not to mention contemplating their existence), which means now should be a time to move on past the University of Arizona basketball team for a while. In fact (shameless plug!) I wrote a column about that for this week's issue of the Weekly.
But it seems the universe doesn't want UA hoops fans to catch their breath — not considering the news that has broken in the last two days.
First, and most notably (or notoriously, depending on your outlook), was the revelation that the person in charge of officiating in the Pac-12 conference apparently has a hate-boner for UA coach Sean Miller. Though the offer to give $5,000 or a trip to Cancun for any referee who T'd up or ejected Miller from the Pac-12 tourney was meant as a 'joke,' that didn't stop one official from issuing a technical simply because Miller mentioned that #HeTouchedTheBall.
The saddest, sickest part of this scenario is that, at least so far, the Pac-12 is standing behind Rush, who was also involved in slimy doings while working as a referee in the NBA. If he's not fired, expect any number of Cancun-themed puns to be yelled by fans at McKale anytime a call goes against Arizona next season.
Next up, and much more of a positive nature, is the commitment by highly rated high school senior Aaron Gordon to join Arizona's 2013-2014 team. He's likely a one-and-done player, as evidenced by his theatrical decision to wait until a press conference associated with a prep All-American game — the fact that such a game has a press conference speaks volumes to the overall problem of college recruiting, but that's a different issue — to announce his choice of where to 'attend' college, but he also increases the overall strength of a Wildcat team that next season should be a favorite to make the Final Four.
Okay, no more UA hoops talk!