Walnut Creek, CA (Sports Network) - Ed Rush has resigned as the officiating
coordinator of the Pac-12 Conference following his controversial comments
regarding Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller.
According to reports, Rush told officials during meetings before the Pac-12
Tournament that an extra $5,000 or a trip to Cancun would be the reward for
calling a technical foul or ejecting Miller.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said the league conducted an investigation
into the allegations and determined that the comments were made in a joking
Nevertheless, Rush has ended his tenure, effective immediately.
"My first and highest concerns have always been the integrity of the game of
basketball and the honor of the craft of officiating," said Rush. "While I am
proud of what we have accomplished, my decision to resign reflects my strong
desire to see the Pac-12 officiating program continue to grow and thrive."
Rush, a former NBA official, has served as a consultant to the Pac-12 men's
basketball officiating program since 2007 and was named the coordinator of
officials in May 2012.
Following Rush's comments, Miller was hit with a controversial technical foul
late in a loss to UCLA in the conference semifinals after arguing over a
double-dribble call against Arizona's Mark Lyons. The Wildcats went on to drop
a 66-64 decision.
In the postgame press conference, Miller said he never cursed at the officials
and said he didn't berate them. He also said it was his first technical foul
of the season.
The Sports Network