Following the recent FBI scandal that led to the arrest of four NCAA Division I college basketball coaches, including USC’s Tony Bland and Arizona’s Book Richardson, Pac-12 commissioner spoke on the state of the conference during a meeting with the league’s women’s basketball coaches on Wednesday, per the Associated Press.
“We’re very concerned about what we’ve read so far in terms of the allegations. If true, it’s very worrisome,” Scott said. “I’m going to have more and speak to this in more detail tomorrow. It will be obviously a relevant topic at men’s basketball media day. … I think you’ll see us take some steps in this area, primarily focused on men’s basketball.
“But the idea of wanting to ensure integrity of the competition, protecting our student-athletes and doing what we can as the Pac-12 to advocate or change and reform to ensure those principles cuts across all sports.”
With two of the four coaches arrested coming from the conference, Scott will obviously face a fair brunt of burden in defending the Pac-12 from blanket stereotypes of corruption.
“It’s too bad, honestly,” said Oregon women’s head coach Kelly Graves, who also has coached at mid-majors Saint Mary’s College and Gonzaga. “As coaches we’re stewards of our games and I’d like to think that we all want to hold ourselves accountable and uphold the integrity of the sport by doing the right things. But sometimes the drive to win can make people do things that they maybe wouldn’t normally do. Hopefully it doesn’t mushroom even more into something bigger and that it stays out of our game.”
According to the AP, Bland was among three of the coaches released on $100,000 bond on Tuesday — the other two coaches involved are Lamont Evans from Oklahoma State and Auburn’s Chuck Person.
As indicated, Scott will likely delve into the topic on more in-depth level at Thursday’s Pac-12 men’s basketball media days.
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