Former NBA ref Ed Rush, he of the bounty on Sean Miller scandal, has resigned. The allegations against him seem quite serious, so there's no sympathy from this corner for Rush:
Officials confirmed that Rush went into the meeting before the UCLA-Arizona game and was banging a chair up and down, demanding the officials perform at a higher level. And then, according to the officials, Rush hurled a boxed lunch against the wall after the game, nearly hitting one of the officials in the head.
"It was absolutely a form of bullying," one official said.
Sounds like a rather hostile work environment to me. On the other hand...
One official said the officials were worried if Rush had stayed on that their credibility would have been called into question because of the perception that he was telling them what to do.
"The integrity of the game was being messed with," one official said. "There is stuff you don't do. There was no joking about it. He was managing by intimidation."
Another official said officiating was hard enough, but their integrity being called into question would make their jobs even more difficult next season.
"To be labeled like this would be the most uncomfortable thing in the world," the official said. "People were already saying the Pac-12 has the worst officials and then you think we're cheating and being compromised? I've never seen anything like this. This has been personal, and for him to bring us into that with him was unfair. It was very difficult."
So they're aware of it...
Rush's ouster was the right thing for the conference, but part of me identifies with his urge to throw food at the SPTR's occasionally.