Apr 1, 2013 11:11 PM
(AP) - The Pac-12 has determined coordinator of officials Ed Rush was not serious when he told officials to target Arizona coach Sean Miller during internal meetings before the conference tournament.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said on Monday that the conference investigated a CBS Sports report that Rush offered a group of officials $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they hit Miller with a technical foul or ejected him during the tournament.
The conference concluded that Rush's statements were made in jest and that the officials in the room realized the offers were not serious.
Miller was hit with a technical foul during the tournament semifinals against UCLA and later fined $25,000 for confronting an official on the floor and confronting a staff member after the game.
Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne issued this statement on Monday:
"On Sunday, March 17, we first learned of the allegation of the events that occurred during the conference tournament," Byrne said. "Due to the serious implications, we immediately shared our concerns with commissioner Scott and the conference office. We know that an investigation was held and any further issue is a matter for the Pac-12 office."