The Commission on College Basketball released its recommendations to clean up college basketball on Wednesday, and many of the suggestions mirrored the findings released by the Pac-12 task force a month ago.
While the FBI's investigation into college basketball recruiting fraud and corruption has rocked the entire sport it has been a particularly heightened issue for the Pac-12, given the initial round of arrests in late September included two now-former assistant coaches who worked for Pac-12 programs — Arizona's Emanuel "Book" Richardson and USC's Tony Bland.
On Wednesday morning, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott offered this reaction to the Commission on College Basketball report:
"The Pac-12 Conference commends former Stanford Provost Condoleezza Rice and the NCAA Commission on College Basketball for the report it released today and its recommendations for basketball reform. They reflect the Commission's diligent work, its dedication to the integrity of college athletics, and its commitment to student-athletes.
"We are particularly pleased that many of the Rice Commission's recommendations parallel those of the Pac-12 Task Force, which were unanimously embraced by our conference's 12 presidents and chancellors in March. We look forward to working with the NCAA and our members to evaluate and implement the recommendations.
"We are also gratified that the Commission today emphasized the value of a college degree, and that its recommendations reflect our own Task Force's view that there are ways to refine the rules governing eligibility to play college basketball that preserve the essential attributes of the collegiate model but provide a measure of flexibility that could safeguard against cheating and reduce perceptions of unfairness.
"I want to take this opportunity to once again thank the members of our own Pac-12 Task Force, which included athletic directors, former coaches, faculty representatives, and former student-athletes — including one member who also served on the Rice Commission. They should be proud of the contribution they have made to meaningful basketball reform."
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