In his public first interview since the referee scandal erupted this week, former Pac-12 coordinator of officials Ed Rush responds to his firing, his critics and the referees who ratted him out.
He told the Associated Press he was trying to stress the importance of cracking down on coach’s misconduct on the sidelines when he said he would give referees $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they were to discipline the coaches. Rush said the remarks were made in jest.
Rush told the AP: “So in an effort just to lighten the mood, I said to them, ‘Hey, guys. What’s it going to take? Do you think we could give you a trip to Cancun or maybe $5,000? Or who wants what? And now they’re all laughing, which is basically what I wanted to do. So I said, ‘I know you guys, you probably want $5,000, you want the money, you won’t take the trip to Cancun. So I’m going around, ‘What would you take?’ At that point, I said, ‘By the way, you know my wife’s not going to go for this. I’m going to have to pull this off the table.’ They all laughed, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah. OK, bud.’ That was it, and I walked out.”
Rush said the stricter policies he put in place during his one season on the job led to resentment from veteran officials. He also chastised the refs who leaked what was said in the meeting to the media.
Rush told the AP: “See, where I come from, in the NBA, there’s a code that you definitely follow. You never, ever take the conversations in that locker room outside. I learned that code in 1966. Mendy Rudolph taught me that. You talk to the NBA officials, they all follow the code.
“There’s a few guys (in the Pac-12) who didn’t follow that code. They missed that part, and that’s a shame. That’s a very important part of the bond and the profession. Shame on me for not knowing that, but I used poor judgment. So that’s my regret. Other than that, we got after it. We spent a lot of time. We definitely made some inroads in the right direction.”
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Washington incoming freshman Nigel Williams-Goss scored 26 points to lead Findlay Prep to a 57-53 victory over Montrose Christian in the quarterfinals of the ESPN National High School Invitational in North Bethesda, Md. It was the 54th straight win for the Pilots, who play in the semifinals against St. Benedict’s at 1:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN2.
— Aaron Gordon thinks he can play small forward, but most everyone else believe he’s a power forward. Trouble is, he’s going to Arizona, which has two bigger power forwards who were high-school All-Americans.
— Junior shooting guard Jeremy Adams is transferring from Colorado.
— Judging from his twitter account, it looks as if Anrio Adams is staying at Kansas. On Thursday night he wrote: “I can’t go I love my team too much
#KUCMB….” and “I’m not going anywhere I’m a Jayhawk for life….”