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Pac-12 commissioner defends Rush's remarks as 'mischaracterized' and 'not a fireable offense'

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott says that comments made by the conference's coordinator of officials are "not a fireable offense" and have been "mischaracterized" as targeting Arizona coach Sean Miller during internal meetings before the league tournament.

In a phone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Scott said that Ed Rush's remarks were part of an "overall point of emphasis" to crack down on coach misconduct on the sideline. He said an investigation found Rush's rant included an "inappropriate joke" offering a group of officials $5,000 for a trip to Cancun if they hit Miller with a technical foul, but that every official interviewed confirmed "nobody thought they were getting a reward."

Scott said the conference will hold its annual officials' meeting this month in Phoenix to review all matters.