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May 16, 2012 at 3:32 PM

A new/old choice for Pac-12 hoops officiating coordinator

Continuing a move to upgrade the officiating program in the Pac-12, commissioner Larry Scott Wednesday announced the appointment of Ed Rush, ex-NBA director of officiating, to coordinate the Pac-12 hoops officiating program. He replaces Bill McCabe, whose departure was announced several weeks ago.

Herewith, the link to the Pac-12 announcement:

Rush has actually been with the league since 2007 as the key guy in training of prospective officials. When McCabe’s departure was announced, John Adams, NCAA coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, told me that between McCabe and Rush, there had been a positive move in developing a deeper pool of competent officials in the Pac-12.

Said Adams then: ” I just finished my fourth year (as national coordinator). My recollection is that in 2008-09, the best officials in the Pac-10 were as good as any in the country; I just didn’t think they had the depth. They’ve really worked hard to develop the next generation of officials.”

It’s another seemingly dynamic move in a long series of them by Scott, who has been in the saddle less than three years in the Pac-12/10. And it’s not as though he didn’t already have a considerable amount on his plate, what with league expansion, TV contracts and the formation of the new Pac-12 TV Networks set to launch in August.

About a year ago, Scott moved to improve Pac-12 football officiating, naming Tony Corrente coordinator, with a consulting role to Mike Pereira, the familiar TV voice who has spot-analyzed officials’ calls on NFL games.

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