Pac-12 commissioner responds to officiating complaint

By Pac-12 Digital

Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott has responded to reports that men's basketball Coordinator of Officials Ed Rush improperly incentivized game referees during the Pac-12 Tournament.

"I can confirm that following the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament, we received a complaint that Pac-12 Coordinator of Officials Ed Rush offered game officials inappropriate incentives for being stricter with Pac-12 coaches," Commissioner Scott said on Monday.

"I consider the integrity of our officiating program to be of the highest importance and immediately ordered a review of the matter. 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. 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."

Rush has served as a consultant to the Pac-12 men's basketball officiating program since 2007 with a focus on the training and development of the officiating staff. He was named the Conference Coordinator of Officials in May 2012.