Amid national college basketball scandal, Pac-12 convenes task force
With college basketball facing a nationwide bribery and corruption case, the Pac-12 Conference held the initial meeting of a task force designed to address systemic issues facing all college sports.
The 12-member group will focus on a variety of subjects including recruiting, agent relationships, shoe company partnerships and the “one and done” trend.
“We look forward to tackling head-on the issues at hand and proposing meaningful, effective reforms to support our student-athletes, the integrity of college basketball, and college athletics as a whole,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement on Thursday.
The panel’s completed membership includes three people with UCLA connections — Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, former basketball coach Steve Lavin and former basketball player Bob Myers.
USC associate professor Alan Green, who serves as a Pac-12 faculty athletic representative, and former Trojan football assistant Yogi Roth will serve.
Former basketball player Jennifer Azzi, former basketball player Brevin Knight and former basketball coach Mike Montgomery, all with Stanford backgrounds, are also on the panel.
The remaining members are: Tom Jernstedt, a former NCAA executive; Charles Davis, a television analyst; Chris Hill, the Utah athletic director; and Ceal Barry, a Pac-12 administrator.
The group will hold a series of meetings with the goal of issuing recommendations in March. Its findings will be shared with the NCAA.
So far, the ongoing federal investigation has resulted in charges against 10 men, including assistant coaches from USC, Arizona, Auburn and Oklahoma State.
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