Ed Rush was the Pac-12 head official. In an officials meeting he made a comment that he would give $5,000 to an official who T'd up Arizona's HC. When the comments became public, Rush relied on the old " I was just joking" defense.
Now wouldn't you know, he doesn't say that he shouldn't have said it, it's that the other officials should have lived by the "code" of the officials lockerroom.
http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-bas...technical-foul"That was wrong place, wrong time, wrong audience," Rush said. "See, where I come from, in the NBA, there's a code that you definitely follow. You never, ever take the conversations in that locker room outside. I learned that code in 1966. Mendy Rudolph taught me that. You talk to the NBA officials, they all follow the code.
"There's a few guys (in the Pac-12) who didn't follow that code. They missed that part, and that's a shame. That's a very important part of the bond and the profession. Shame on me for not knowing that, but I used poor judgment. So that's my regret. Other than that, we got after it. We spent a lot of time. We definitely made some inroads in the right direction."
Am I the only one that this rubs the wrong way? What secrets could officials have to keep silent? Had another official blew the whistle on his extra-marital affair, then I understand that. But he's talking about a code about how officials operate.
This is why NBA officiating is a joke, IMHO.