Ed Rush told the Associated Press he resigned as Pac-12 officials coordinator once it became clear it would be "difficult to rebuild trust" among coaches, players and the public.
Pac-12 officiating had become a national controversy since conference commissioner Larry Scott said earlier this week that Rush made “inappropriate comments” while trying to prod his officials into more firmly dealing with UA’s Sean Miller and other coaches during the Pac-12 Tournament last month.
An initial CBSSports.com report said Rush offered officials cash or an expense-paid vacation if they issued a technical on or ejected Miller, comments that Rush said were "an effort to lighten the mood."
"I said to them, 'Hey, guys. What's it going to take? Do you think we could give you a trip to Cancun or maybe $5,000? Or who wants what? And now they're all laughing, which is basically what I wanted to do," Rush told the AP. "So I said, 'I know you guys, you probably want $5,000, you want the money, you won't take the trip to Cancun.
"So I'm going around, 'What would you take?' At that point, I said, 'By the way, you know my wife's not going to go for this. I'm going to have to pull this off the table.' They all laughed, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah. OK, bud.' That was it, and I walked out."
Rush said if he seriously offered even $50, he should have been fired immedaitely.
In an interview with azcentral sports, Rush also said that the turnover call on Mark Lyons was incorrect, as Miller now-famously asserted in his "he touched the ball" postgame press conference. Rush said, too, that the technical was called too quickly, though Miller had been warned.
Rush has not responded to a message for comment from the Star.
Mark Lyons has been confirmed for the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Virginia next week, while Solomon Hill has also applied for the predraft event. Full rosters are expected to be released later today.
Kyle Fogg played in the PIT last season and Nic Wise did so in 2010.
A year after backing away from the job at Miami (Ohio), James Whitford and Ball State appear to have some mutual interest.
CBSSports' Jeff Goodman says Whitford is "heavily in the mix" at Ball State. I'm hearing that Whitford is interested this time, unlike with the Miami opening.
Former Miami coach Charlie Coles, whom Whitford worked under at Miami, says the Ball State job is the best in the MAC.
Former UA commit-turned UCLA freshman-turned UNLV player Mike Moser is now expected to finish his career at Washington.
Jeremy Adams will transfer from Colorado and take advantage of the NCAA's rent-a-grad rule to finish up somewhere else next season.