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Pac-12 coordinator of basketball officials Ed Rush resigns

Apr 4, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

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The story of Pac-12 coordinator of officials Ed Rush allegedly placing a “bounty” on Arizona head coach Sean Miller was one that slipped into the background after initial outrage on Monday due in large part to the happenings at Rutgers.

But there’s no doubt that this situation, in which Rush was reported to have offered officials $5,000 or a vacation if they were to hit Miller with a technical foul (or eject him) during the Pac-12 tournament, was something commissioner Larry Scott had to address.

Thursday evening the conference issued a statement that Rush was resigning, effective immediately.

“I want to express my appreciation for the great contribution Ed made to basketball officiating for the Conference during his tenure, particularly in the area of training and the cultivation of new officiating talent,” Scott said in the statement. “All of us at the Conference thank him for his years of hard work, and we wish him well.”

Miller was assessed a technical foul late in Arizona’s Pac-12 semifinal loss to UCLA, a game the Wildcats ended up losing by two points (66-64). In his postgame press conference Miller insisted that the most he said was “he touched the ball” in reference to a double dribble violation called on point guard Mark Lyons.

A UCLA player touching the ball would make it legal for Lyons to pick up the ball. The officials thought otherwise, and Miller’s assertion ultimately led to Michael Irving hitting him with a technical foul.

Regardless of whether Rush was joking or serious when making the statement, the conference ended up in a position where it had to act as the credibility of the league’s officials was brought into question.

Rush’s resignation was a necessary step for the Pac-12 but it won’t be the final chapter in this “book.” The only question now is whether or not more officials speak up in regards to the alleged incident and their time working under Rush.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. dalucks - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Now Ed Rush can really gamble with any consequences.

    • staff2cj - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      The guy was pulling this type of crap in the nba too

  2. blantoncollier - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Larry Scott is lucky the Rutgers taped leaked, might have saved his job. Can you Zapruder?

  3. trapshoot - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    The Commish shouldn’t have waited for him to resign, he should have canned him immediately. Now it’s the time for the Commish to step down. His $25,000 fine levy against Miller was way over board.

    • namriverrat69 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      Especially considering there was no double dribble on the call. It is not like Miller was screaming and cussing the refs like so many other coaches.

  4. coryfor3 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Lots of positive news in College basketball these days

  5. rayburns - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    The already tattered illusion that the powers that be in college sports care about the integrity of the game and well-being of the athletes continues to disintegrate.

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