Bobby Hurley didn’t hold back, but the Pac-12 did.
The ASU men’s basketball coach was formally reprimanded by the Pac-12 Conference on Friday for comments about the officiating in Arizona’s 84-82 win over the Sun Devils in Tempe the night before.
The league stopped short of fining Hurley, limiting its punishment to a boilerplate statement poo-pooing his criticism.
“The Pac-12 membership has established standards of conduct, one of which prohibits coaches from making public derogatory comments regarding officiating,” outgoing commissioner Larry Scott said in a news release. “It is the Conference’s responsibility to ensure compliance of these standards on behalf of its members, and there is a protocol which allows for coaches to provide feedback directly to the coordinator of officiating.”
Hurley spent the bulk of his opening statement during the postgame press conference complaining about the lack of a no-call on a drive by senior guard Remy Martin in the final seconds. Officials did not call a foul on Arizona freshman forward Azuolas Tubelis, who ended up blocking Martin’s potential game-winning shot and ended up scoring the winning basket for the Wildcats as time expired.
Hurley said Martin was “clearly fouled” by Tubelis, adding that ASU deserved to win the game, and later that night tweeted a photo of the play in question.
Apparently none of that was as egregious as when Arizona coach Sean Miller went on his “He touched the ball!” rant after a Pac-12 tournament loss to UCLA in 2013, which resulted in him being fined $25,000 in addition to being reprimanded.
Arizona and ASU meet again on Monday at McKale Center, and all eyes will be on Hurley if any calls don’t go the Sun Devils’ way.