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04-04-2013, 08:31 PM
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Pac-12 coordinator of officials Ed Rush resigned Thursday.

Rush's decision came less than a week after first reported that he was accused of putting a bounty on Arizona coach Sean Miller in the Pac-12 tournament and creating an atmosphere of fear among his officials.

The report said Rush offered $5,000 or a trip to Cancun for giving Miller a technical, which a number of officials in the room at the time confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.

Rush's comments were seen as a strike at the integrity of officiating and were investigated by the Pac-12. But Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told ESPN earlier in the week that Rush's comments didn't rise to the level of being a fireable offense and said they were made "in jest."

Yet, the one-season stint of Rush now is finished.

"I want to express my appreciation for the great contribution Ed made to basketball officiating for the Conference during his tenure, particularly in the area of training and the cultivation of new officiating talent," Scott said in a release from the conference. "All of us at the Conference thank him for his years of hard work, and we wish him well."

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