This ended the only way it could have, with Ed Rush offering his resignation as Pac-12 coordinator of basketball officials.
Whether he was “encouraged” by his bosses to resign or simply came to the decision on his own, Rush could not remain in the position after offering a bounty to game officials if they hit Arizona coach Sean Miller with a technical foul or ejected him.
Rush said he made the comments in jest, and Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott believed him.
It’s not the point. Perception is everything when it comes to the credibility of game officials, and the Pac-12 was not easily going to put this matter in the rear view mirror as long as Rush remained at his post.
Here’s the story.