Apr 4, 2013 8:16 PM by Van Nguyen

Controversial Pac-12 official Ed Rush resigns

TUCSON - The Pac-12 says Head of Officials Ed Rush has resigned following comments he made regarding Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller.

A firestorm erupted after reports Rush offered referees working the Pac-12 tournament either $5,000 or a trip to Cancun, Mexico for tagging Miller with an ejection or technical foul.

Miller received a technical in the Wildcats semi-final game against UCLA, a two-point loss.

In accepting Rush's resignation, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, "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. 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 officiating. 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.

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