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Ex-Pac-12 ref: I was trying to 'lighten the mood'

Updated: April 5, 2013, 3:02 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Former Pac-12 Conference coordinator of officials Ed Rush says he was just trying to "lighten the mood" in a tense locker room when he "jokingly" made offers of $5,000 or a trip to Mexico for any referee who disciplined Arizona coach Sean Miller during the league tournament.

In his first interview since reports surfaced of the incident that forced his resignation, Rush told The Associated Press on Thursday night that the comments were "absolutely, 100 percent said in jest." ...

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