Pac-12 in a Rush to improve officiating

Pac-10 basketball officials have had a bad reputation for years and based on what I saw last season in the Pac-12, there is no question Colorado enjoyed more consistent whistles in the Big 12.

Clearly, Larry Scott understands the need to improve the performances of the men in stripes. The aggressive commissioner announced on Wednesday that Ed Rush, former director of officials in the NBA, will oversee the Pac-12′s officials going forward.

Here’s the conference’s press release:

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.– Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference, announced that Ed Rush will join the conference as the Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating. The long-time National Basketball Association’s Director of Officiating is currently one of the NBA’s recruiting and development directors for officials.

“I am delighted that we have been able to attract someone of Ed’s experience and expertise to lead our officiating program,” Scott said. “He has been an expert and leader at all levels of basketball officiating, and the training program he developed for us is considered state-of-the-art. We look forward to taking our men’s officiating program to the next level under Ed’s leadership.”

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.

Since 2003, Rush has been responsible for the ongoing recruitment, training and career development of the officiating staff of the NBA, WNBA and NBA-D League. From 1998-2003, he was the Director of Officiating for the NBA and oversaw the development of the WNBA officiating program. Prior to joining the NBA league office, Rush spent 32 seasons on the court, officiating over 2,000 regular season games, 247 playoff and 32 NBA Finals games from 1966-67 through 1996-97.

“I am honored that the Pac-12 has selected me to lead their men’s basketball officiating program,” said Rush. “I see the conference as a special basketball environment with a foundation of excellent officials and coaches.”

In 2009, Rush was named by Referee Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in sports officiating history.

“A great hire,” said John Adams, NCAA Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating. “I am looking forward to working with Ed Rush as the new officiating coordinator of the Pac-12. Ed has been a visionary when it comes to training and managing basketball officials.”

Rush’s appointment is effective immediately. He replaces Bill McCabe, who retired after six years as Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating.

About ryan

Ryan Thorburn has been a sports writer at the Camera since 2000. He covered the Denver Broncos beat for eight seasons (2000-2007). For the last six years Ryan has been covering the University of Colorado athletic department, including beat writing duties on men's basketball and column writing on football.
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