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Ed Rush resigns from Pac-12 coordinator of officials position

Ed Rush will no longer serve as the Pac-12's head of officials after resigning on Thursday amid scrutiny for his comments in an officiating meeting during the league's tournament.

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Ed Rush resigned from his position of Pac-12 coordinator of officials on Thursday, the conference announced (via Antonio Gonzalez of the Associated Press). Rush was under scrutiny for allegedly targeting Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller during the Pac-12 Tournament last month.

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Rush reportedly told officials in a meeting on March 14 that he would give them either $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they whistled Miller with a technical foul or ejected him from the game later that day, according to CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman.

Rush allegedly reiterated the offer the next day, prior to Arizona's game against UCLA. Miller was given a questionable technical foul by referee Michael Irving in the second half of the contest. Arizona wound up losing, 66-64.

The conference held an investigation on the matter, concluding that Rush "made the comments in jest and the officials in the room realized they were not serious offers," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told CBS Sports. Scott went on to say that the league took steps to prevent the matter from happening again in the future, but opted not to relieve Rush of his duties.

Rush took over as the Pac-12's head of officiating in 2012 and held the same position for the NBA from 1998 to 2003.

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