Friday became another monumental day in the debate over compensation for collegiate student-athletes, thanks to a report from Yahoo Sports detailing specific payments allegedly made to basketball players across the country.
The Pac-12 did not escape attention, with agent records listing current USC players Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu, and former Washington players Markelle Fultz and Dejounte Murray among those receiving benefits varying from basic meals to thousands of dollars paid by agents to prospective clients. USC has since responded to the allegations. Its conference followed suit on Friday evening.
— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) February 24, 2018
The statement, shared via Twitter by the Orange County Register’s Joey Kaufman, reads:
“The latest allegations are deeply troubling. Everyone involved in college basketball must continue to use this as an opportunity to take a close look at how their programs are being operated to ensure compliance with NCAA rules and the law. The Pac-12 Task Force has been working diligently over the past months, and will in the very near future issue its recommendations for solutions on how to improve our system across a number of areas for college basketball and more broadly.”
Former UCLA and Pac-12 star Lonzo Ball, now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, spoke on the issue on Friday, saying “everybody knows everybody’s getting paid” and recommended making paying student-athletes permissible.
Yahoo’s report is the latest and most specific in a string of reports emerging from the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college athletics, which has produced indictments involving Pac-12 assistant coaches who have since had their employment terminated.
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