The Pac-12's basketball media day on Thursday was overshadowed by a report that "tied a conference administrator to interfering in officiating replay review decisions" in football and half of the conference's men's basketball teams being "name-checked in the ongoing federal investigation" into the sport, according to Pat Forde of YAHOO SPORTS. Other conferences were "long believed to be home to more hoops renegades than the Pac-12, but the league may have closed that gap." The six members named in the investigation is "more than any other league." Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, "I’ve got no reason to believe that there’s a systemic problem. Allegations have been made about a lot of schools nationally. We are eager to see what comes out of the trial, what comes out of NCAA investigation, as are our schools." Forde noted things are "so bad off the field that nobody is even talking about the league’s swooning football product, 21-year streak without a basketball national title or the Pac-12 Network distribution debacle" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 10/11). Scott said that every Pac-12 school has "investigated its own basketball program to ensure compliance as a result of the scandal." He added, "Each of our schools came back through that process and concluded that they had no evidence of any breaking of rules and assured that, if they did, they would take action" (L.A. TIMES, 10/12).
The Louisville football team is off to a 2-4 start this season, resulting in "empty seats in Cardinal Stadium" for the first four home games, according to Jake Lourim of the Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL. UL has announced an average of 50,975 fans for the four home contests, but the "average number of tickets scanned has been 34,968." That in-game average is "down from 37,775" for the first four games in '17. UL AD Vince Tyra said that the school "values both the tickets scanned (for fan engagement) and the tickets sold (for financial reasons) figures." Tyra said, "There is a national trend in attendance, the drops that we’re seeing, and we’re a part of that. But I think it would have been certainly more helpful if the Florida State game had more value this time around than it had two years ago. Because they’re not having the season that they want and we’re not having the season that we’d like." Lourim notes UL prior to the start of the season completed a $63.25M "expansion project on Cardinal Stadium." The expansion "added about 5,700 seats to the north end zone, pushing the capacity to around 60,800." The current average tickets scanned figure is about 57.5% of that capacity (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 10/12).