Ed Rush is out. The Pac-12 Conference's embattled coordinator of men's basketball officiating announced his resignation at 5 p.m. today, effective immediately.
Rush and the conference had been embroiled in a scandal involving the UA and coach Sean Miller. Both CBSports.com and The Seattle Times reported this week that Rush had offered officials money or a trip if they called a technical foul on Miller — or ejected him — during the Wildcats' March 15 Pac-12 tournament semifinal game against UCLA.
Official Michael Irving called a technical foul on Miller late in the game, and the Wildcats subsequently lost. The Pac-12 then hit Miller with a $25,000 fine for his actions toward Irving and an unnamed conference staffer immediately after the game.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott backed Rush in interviews this week, saying that the officials head was joking and that his actions did not merit termination.
Rush issued a statement through the conference today. It read: "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. 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."
Rush had served as the league's head of officials since May. Before that, he spent five years as a Pac-12 consultant and 32 seasons as an NBA official. He was the league's head of officiating from 1998-2003.
Rush was not immune from controversy in the pro ranks: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in 2002 that while he respected Rush as a referee, he wouldn't hire him "to manage a Dairy Queen. His interest is not in the integrity of the game or improving the officiating."
Read more in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.