SAN FRANCISCO -- As the Pac-12 Conference begins its overhauled men's basketball officiating program, each official will receive an update at some point during the course of the season on how he or she is grading out from a team of evaluators appointed to critique every call made and those that aren't.
"To get the best officials at the end of the day when it comes to the tournaments at the end of the year, there's nothing wrong with it," Oregon guard Johnathan Lloyd said.
New Pac-12 and Mountain West officiating coordinator Bobby Dibler was hired in June as the conferences formed an alliance in the wake of the Pac-12's officiating coming under scrutiny during the conference tournament in March at Las Vegas. Former officiating coordinator Ed Rush had offered bounties -- $5,000 or a trip to Mexico -- for any official who disciplined Arizona coach Sean Miller. While Rush has said he wasn't serious and was "jokingly" trying to "lighten the mood" in the locker room, he resigned April 4.
Dibler is ready for everyone to move on and make progress. He called each of the Pac-12 coaches after his hiring over the summer, and has met with others in person. Miller declined to comment.
"I'm a guy who lives his life going forward," Dibler said Thursday at Pac-12 media day.
Dibler has formed a three-person leadership team of veteran officials Brian Shelley, Mark Reischling and Donnie Nunez to focus their efforts on evaluating, training and technology. Officials will be evaluated again at the end of the season.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott called for a broad approach to upgrading the conference's officiating program.
In the Pac-12 preseason media poll released Thursday at the Pac-12 Networks television headquarters, Arizona was picked to win the conference.
The Wildcats received 21 first-place votes, followed by UCLA chosen to finish second and Colorado third with one first-place vote apiece. Arizona finished 27-8 last season and advanced to the NCAA tournament round of 16 before losing to Ohio State, and fifth-year coach Sean Miller has several experienced players returning this year.
Rounding out the order were defending Pac-12 tournament champion Oregon at fourth followed by California, Stanford, Arizona State, Washington, Utah, Oregon State, Southern California and Washington State.
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson, the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, good-naturedly responded when the end to the government shutdown came up Thursday morning.
"You see what I have to put up with?" he said, chuckling. "I didn't have anything to do with getting them to come together as a team, by the way."