This is easy.
NOTHING is ever as bad as ASSwipe U and the Frank Kush Land Fill and Hells Farce Arena. They suck entirely - they hire horrible people (Erickson, Evans, Hurley) recruit even worse (Kyle Dodd, Eddie House, Barry Bonds) ad think they their cess pool does not stink.
But ASU is an entity...not a person.
The person who sucks most here is Scott. He has run the conference into the ground and it may not be repairable. In Football and basketball we are, by far, the worst of the power 5 conferences. Our TV revenue is the lowest and market share is the lowest despite having the second most people in our media markets. The Direct TV deal was catastrophically bad and now we are paying the price.
Dickie V is who he is... and he loves basketball and people. Notice when we were lovable we were among his favorites Now we are a renegade criminal program playing bad basketball and he wants no part of it. Can't blame him. I rally don't either, but its my team and I am responsible, as a fan, to call for change.
Schlabach is just doing his job, but unfortunately these days in journalism, you do not have be truthful, so while it's crappy, it is none theses the standard of journalism we see from everyone. The New York times printed a record number of retractions for factual errors for an entire four year presidential term (previously set when W was in office) in just the first year of Trumps presidency. Accuracy and truth don't matter. But the result of the Schlabach article is just another straw on the camel's back and it MADE NO DIFFERENCE in our record this year. NO, Bol Bol and Little and 5 other players everyone always mentioned, ALL signed letter so intent prior to the article with other schools were never going to come here. Most never even visited campus. Quinerly is not ready for D1 ball and O'Neill is not healthy enough to play. Williams still came and well...not certain it would have made much difference had he not, but he is the best of the 3.
PAC-12 refs. My best friend is a college ref (not D1 yet). It would horrify most fans to know how they are taught to call games, keep it close, etc. etc...
Referees are the most misunderstood aspect of College basketball.
1. There are no 'PAC12 Refs' per se. League commissioners hold camps and tryouts and make offers to referees. Its good ole boys network and you are either inside or you are not. If you can get hired in the Big Sky, for example, you can probably get hired in the Mountain west, too. Most everyone works in multiple conferences...all but a handful in each conference. Most work all the way down to community college level too. There is huge crossover between the Big 12 and PAC 12, for example.
2. There is not conference fan base proud of their officials. The Big 10, ACC...they all say the exact same things we do -interestingly it is largely about the same pool of referees.
3. I have heard refs talk about calls they blew after a game, over a beer. They feel horrible when they miss something and often its a meaningless tiny call - a charge instead of a block...that does not effect the outcome of the game. A Phoenix Area HS ref quit a few years ago over a last second possession call he made on an OOB play that altered the game. It was on video and he got it wrong. He was widely respected but felt like that one call was so bad he could not do it any more.
Ironically, as the league is so bad now...the officiating seems excellent this year, certainly far better than a few years ago. I can thing 2 or 3 games where I thought the officiating was sub par and not once did I think it was unfair or targeted at AZ.