The Pac-12 investigated the head of the conference's officiating for targeting Arizona coach Sean Miller. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The Pac-12 coordinator of basketball officials was investigated by the conference for comments made about Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller, reports CBSSports.com.
Ed Rush, who is a former NBA referee, allegedly told a group of referees on the Thursday of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas that he would give them $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they either "rang him up" or "ran him." Those terms are slang for ejecting someone from the game.
Referee Michael Irving gave Miller with a technical with 4:37 left in the Pac-12 semifinals against UCLA. The Bruins won the game 66-64. Miller was later reprimanded by the Pac-12 Conference and fined $25,000 for confronting a game official after the game ended as well as for acting inappropriately toward a Pac-12 staff member in the hallway of the arena.
"Based on the review, we have concluded that while Rush made inappropriate comments that he now regrets during internal meetings that referenced rewards, he made the comments in jest and the officials in the room realized they were not serious offers," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott told CBSSports.com. "Following our review, we have discussed the matter with Rush, taken steps to ensure it does not happen again, and communicated our findings to all of our officials."