Pac-12 Faces Scrutiny From Replay Situation, Hoops Scandal
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).