April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM
Pac-12 top referee Ed Rush resigns
It shouldn’t come as a surprise Ed Rush resigned as the Pac-12′s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating.
He was the center of a media firestorm this week when a CBSsports.com story detailed comments he made during the Pac-12 Tournament to referees about paying a $5,000 bounty and financing a trip to Cancun to officials who gave a technical foul or ejected Arizona coach Sean Miller.
After an internal investigation, the Pac-12 concluded Rush was joking when he made the statements. Commissioner Larry Scott said Rush’s job was safe at the time.
Three days later, Rush is out.
In a statement released by the conference, Rush said: “I would like to thank the Pac-12 for giving me the opportunity to lead a group of officials who are working so hard to make the Pac-12 the best officiated conference in college basketball. My first and highest concerns have always been the integrity of the game of basketball and the honor of the craft of officiating. 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.”
Arizona officials have kept quiet on the issue until today when Wildcats athletic director Greg Byrne tweeted: “Although u never want someone to lose their job, this is a good step for the Pac-12 in restoring confidence in the bball officiating program.”