Just days after a story broke that the Pac-12's coordinator of men's basketball officiating, Ed Rush, had told officials at the Pac-12 Tournament to target Arizona coach Sean Miller, he resigned.
The conference announced Rush's resignation Thursday is effective immediately.
CBS Sports reported that Rush offered money and trips to officials who would give Miller a technical. Rush and the Pac-12 countered by saying the comments in a meeting of Pac-12 officials at the conference tournament were made in jest.
There was significant public blowback after the Pac-12's initial statement backing Rush. Conference commissioner Larry Scott did say, however, that the conference was not done looking into the situation. Then came Thursday's news that Rush was resigning, essentially saving the conference from likely firing him.
Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne weighed in on Twitter:
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) April 5, 2013Here's the press release from the conference with comments from Scott and Rush:
Walnut Creek, Calif. – Pac-12 Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating Ed Rush has announced his resignation, effective immediately, the Conference announced today.
After serving as a consultant to the Pac-12 men’s basketball officiating program since 2007, Rush was named the Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating in May 2012. This followed a position in the NBA league office and 32 seasons as an NBA official, including serving as Director of Officiating for the NBA from 1998 to 2003.
In accepting Rush’s resignation, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, “I want to express my apprecia- tion for the great contribution Ed made to basketball officiating for the Conference during his tenure, par- ticularly in the area of training and the cultivation of new officiating talent. All of us at the Conference thank him for his years of hard work, and we wish him well.”
"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,” said Rush. “My first and highest concerns have always been the integrity of the game of basketball and the honor of the craft of of- ficiating. 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," concluded Rush.
Scott said a process to select a new officiating coordinator will be part of the overall program review that had already been scheduled for after the college basketball season.