The Pac-12 Conference, smack dab in the middle of an FBI bribery investigation that has led to the arrest of two men’s basketball assistant coaches, has taken steps to fix itself from within.
Commissioner Larry Scott on Thursday announced the formation of a Pac-12 task force whose main goal will be to “propose reforms to protect student-athletes and address certain systemic issues threatening college athletics,” according to a news release issued by the league.
The announcement comes a day after the NCAA said it would form a “Commission on College Basketball” in the wake of the arrest of 10 people, including four basketball assistants, as part of a years-long federal investigation. Among those implicated were Arizona assistant Emanuel ‘Book’ Richardson and USC assistant Tony Bland.
The Pac-12 task force will be made up of experts from within the conference and outside the league, with the first members identified being UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, Utah AD Chris Hill, former California and Stanford coach Mike Montgomery, former USC football player Charles Davis and former NCAA administrator Tom Jernstedt.
Per the release, the task force will will address four areas: education and issues identification, best practices and Pac-12 policy recommendations, system reform recommendations and application of learnings to recruiting in sports beyond basketball.
The task force is expected to issue findings and recommendations to the league’s CEOs by the first quarter of 2018. A final report will be shared with the NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball, with Scott saying on the Pac-12 Network his league “can help the NCAA come up with common sense proposals.”
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