Will Larry Scott’s ego prevent him from doing the right thing?
Apr 2, 2013, 8:50 PM | Updated: 9:04 pm
How Ed “T ’em up” Rush still has a job with the Pac-12 as its coordinator of officials is beyond comprehension.
How Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott can back an investigation that said Rush’s bounty comments about Arizona coach Sean Miller were made with no ill will intended is ludicrous.
Scott has done a nice job as commissioner, but this one is going to backfire on him. And the problem now is that he has backed himself into a corner and can’t fire Rush. His investigation said that Rush was just kidding when he told a group of referees that he would give them five grand or a trip to Cancun if they ran Miller or rang him up during the Pac-12 Tournament. He said in a radio interview that he determined that what Rush said was not a fireable offense.
So now with all the media backlash on Rush, how can Scott change his mind and fire him? It is the right thing to do, but I doubt Scott can admit he was wrong. He has an ego just like Rush did — and trust me, Rush’s ego is enormous. What Rush said was just plain stupid and serious enough that someone in that room felt strong enough about it that he informed Arizona officials of what was going on.
I am also hearing from someone with ties to referees in that room that when the technical came down on Miller, some officials that were in that room “freaked out” knowing that there was a good chance this was going to blow up. And blow up it has.
You have to wonder just how much Rush hates Miller in order to say those things. Sure, Miller can get fired up on the sideline and maybe Rush is sick of his antics, but come on. Putting a bounty on him is ridiculous. Why say it if you don’t mean it?
I’m not buying that it was a joke and neither is anyone else. Scott should admit his mistake and fire Rush, but his ego may be too big to do it.