Final Four bets ... and the refs 

April, 5, 2013

Words have consequences. If that's a lesson from kindergarten you had forgotten at some point between then and now, we got a reminder this week.

Before the Pac-12 tournament, the conference's head of officiating, Ed Rush, told his crew of refs that anyone who T'd up Arizona coach Sean Miller would get $5,000 and a trip to Cancun. Maybe he said it with a wink and a nod. Maybe he said it, was met with silence and screamed, "I'm kidding! Just kidding, guys." I always do that when I float an outrageous idea that absolutely stops the room. Or maybe he was serious. Whatever the case, Miller was given a technical in the Wildcats' game against UCLA. As of yet, no officials have jetted off to Cancun.

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