Ed Rush’s last decision with the Pac-12 was the correct call.
Rush, at the center of the “bounty” scandal involving Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller, has saved the Pac-12 and commissioner Larry Scott further embarrassment by announcing his resignation Thursday afternoon as the league’s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating.
“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,” Rush said in a statement released by the conference.
“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.”
It would have been nearly impossible for that to happen under Rush’s watch after Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com broke the story this week that Rush twice told officials at the Pac-12 tournament he was offering $5,000 or a trip to Cancun for anyone who gave Miller a technical foul or threw him out of the game.