Pac-12 Conference coordinator of officials Ed Rush resigned from his position, multiple media outlets are reporting today. Earlier in the week, Rush was accused of bribing Pac-12 tournament officials to give Arizona head coach Sean Miller a technical foul or to eject the coach from the game.
Miller was given a technical foul for arguing a double-dribble call on senior guard Mark Lyons against UCLA in the conference tournament. Arizona went on to lose, 66-64, and Miller was later fined for commenting on the call to the post-game media.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott defended Rush after the allegations first broke, saying that Rush made his comments of offering officials “$5,000” or “a trip to Cancun” in jest, and that none of the things he said were meant to be taken seriously. Scott released a statement earlier today.
“I want to express my appreciation for the great contribution Ed made to basketball officiating for the Conference during his tenure, particularly in the are of training and the cultivation of new officiating talent,” Scott said.
So, maybe Rush wasn’t just speaking in “jest” after all. In a tweet today, ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd expressed his thoughts on the matter, and what he thought might be coming next.
PAC 12’s Ed Rush has resigned.As I reported today —tip of iceberg.Three sources told me, more to come.This story isn’t over. — Colin Cowherd (@ESPN_Colin) April 5, 2013
It’s still unknown what Rush’s resignation means for this story, but more resignations, or firings, should be expected.
John Engel is a Pac-12 college basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.