Dick Harmon: Pac 12's Larry Scott blows call on keeping Rush

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  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    Utah and the PAC are both thankful for Rutgers turning national attention away from their various "issues" about now.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 4, 2013 10:16 p.m.

    More evidence of PAC 12 crooked refs. It's been that way for quite awhile.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    April 4, 2013 9:09 p.m.

    if the goal is protecting the reputation and integrity of Pac 12 officiating don't you think it's a littel late for that? They've had a terrible rep in both basketball and football for years.

    Anyone remember the 2008 basketball game between BYU and ASU in Glendale? Pac12 refs bailed out ASU with 22 FT's in the 2nd half (James Harden shot 21 FTs in the game and basically went to the line if anyone sneezed near him) and then sealed the game by waving off Charles Abuou's game winning shot saying it came after the buzzer.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    April 4, 2013 6:19 p.m.

    Harmon was right; Scott and Rush were wrong.

    Rush conveniently "resigns" less than 24 hours after receiving a vote of confidence from Scott - problem solved.

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    April 4, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    ImaCaMan: So if Harmon is joined in his opinion by writers from CBS Sports, ESPN, and other national press representatives... are they also just playing sour grapes? Please. Just because he's the first sportswriter in Utah to share his opinion doesn't mean he is alone in calling for a change. I'm no Arizona fan, but I'm certain if I was, I would be even more upset by how my league was treating the situation.

  • Kosta Fesenko Chicken McNuggetville, UT
    April 4, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    Die hard Ute and Pac-12 fan here.........

    Never thought Id say this, but Harmon nailed this. Rush has to go.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    April 4, 2013 2:42 p.m.


    I also found Harmon's comments following Utah's move to the Pac 12 to be those of a jealous BYU homer. But that doesn't mean that I dismiss everything he writes as a matter of principle.

    He's not the only one voicing this opinion. Many unbiased college basketball talking heads across the nation agree with him on this issue.

    This time, he's right.

  • ImaCaMan Oceanside, CA
    April 4, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    If we can't join the big boy league, then we'll criticize it. Harmon lost any credibility that he had after his antics post Utah joining the PAC 12.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    April 4, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    Harmon hit the nail on the head.

    Whether Rush really meant what he said, he showed poor judgement by making the comment. The "joke" probably would not have come to light if a technical fould hadn't been called on Miller. But there was, and it was a really bad call.

    Maybe Rush was joking. But to eliminate concerns about whether the Pac 12 is interested in preserving the integrity of its officiating, he should be fired.

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    April 4, 2013 10:54 a.m.

    "Lighten up people!!!".......

    What you seem to be missing, when you excuse Larry Scott for not taking action against Rush, is that in this world, perception is reality. Again, it's entirely possible that Ed Rush had no mal-intent with his request to tighten up the expectations for penalizing coaches for arguing with officials. The problem, here, is that his "silly statement" to his refs, was connected to a phantom technical, in a tight game, on a very big stage. Perception of a 'bounty' is now reality, as far as fans are concerned. Just go to the UA comment boards to see how this is playing out. Harmon is right in suggesting that if nothing is done by the conference to steer the ship straight, every Pac 12 ref in future basketball games will be unfairly scrutinized for the way they call the game. It throws doubt into question...even for the best referee crews. To protect against that, the Pac 12 needs to handle this aggressively, and reprimand (possibly fire) whomever is responsible.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    April 4, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    Lighten up people!!! The media has circled like sharks on a injured porpoise in the water. It was a joke, nothing more. There isn't an official alive at that level that would have or should have taken that comment seriously. Do they really think they would have got extra money or a trip to Cabo? Let's get serious here. I think Rush needs to be evaluated on whether the officiating in the league is getting any better, not on this.

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    April 4, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    Nailed it, Harmon! There are those who don't want to hear it, but the sad fact for them is that this IS another example of bad PAC 12 press in the one area that can't afford it - referees. If you ignore history, it's bound to repeat itself. If the teams of refs are doing their jobs, then fans don't even notice them. Unfortunately for the PAC 12, they keep showing up on ESPN Sportscenter. Larry Scott should be smart enough to figure this one out. Ed Rush might have been joking, but if this is swept under the rug...then you can expect more fiascos to show up. Ask the Rutgers A.D. just how well it went for him to offer apologies for boorish behavior.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    April 4, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    Hey, Ed Rush is a good "cultural fit" for the pac-12.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    April 4, 2013 1:32 a.m.

    Here's the things to watch... Did any of the Officials involved in the game end up going to to Cabo afterwards??? Or Did any of the three officials all of a sudden have more spending money???

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 3, 2013 11:31 p.m.


    I'm pretty sure you're the only one making this a Utah/BYU issue.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 3, 2013 11:12 p.m.

    Who really cares? Sportscasters need something to write about or some to say should be fired (except themselves) or who is better than someone else when they don't even play each other, etc.

    Some Coaches get a reputation and Officvials have a right to free speech and expressing their opinion. Giosh, you think he said that 47% of the people wouldn't vote for him, or something really important.

    This is a non-story.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    April 3, 2013 10:46 p.m.


    I'm pretty sure the PAC 10.2 is embarrassed by another nationally discussed officiating fiasco by a conference that is already well known for its officiating blunders.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 3, 2013 10:25 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure Harmon's opinion registers as a -5 on Scott's care-o-meter.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    April 3, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    "Scott said Ed Rush was only joking when he told other league hoop officials he’d give them $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if someone would give Arizona coach Sean Miller a technical."

    And we know that Rush was only joking because...?

  • scott Alpine, UT
    April 3, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    "Pac 12's Larry Scott blows call on keeping Rush" - no kidding.

    Expecting lots of crimson bubble apologists trying to pretend this is all being blown "way out of proportion", even though the hue and cry from the hill would be DEAFENING if Rush's target had been coach small k and the Utes had lost a 2-pointer in the conference tourney because Utah's coached had been called for his first technical of the season.

    Of course, the kids on the hill will somehow try to blame this on BYU.