Pac-12 Task Force names full membership and holds first meeting
SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference announced today the full membership of the Task Force formed to protect student-athletes and address systemic issues threatening college athletics. At its initial meeting yesterday, the Task Force discussed the following areas of focus: recruiting processes; agent relationships; shoe and apparel partnerships; NCAA enforcement; the impact of “one and done”; and socioeconomic factors.
“We are very fortunate to have assembled such a high caliber, experienced and diverse group of individuals for our Pac-12 Task Force,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, who is overseeing the Task Force. “We held a very productive and engaged first meeting. We look forward to tackling head on the issues at hand and proposing meaningful, effective reforms to support our student-athletes, the integrity of college basketball, and college athletics as a whole.”
Over the course of the next months, members of the Task Force will examine in depth the areas of focus through conversations with college basketball stakeholders and subject matter experts, including former student-athletes, parents, agents, shoe and apparel representatives, independent recruiting event directors, compliance experts and high school coaches and administrators, among others.
As previously announced, the primary objectives of the Task Force will be: (i) education and issues identification, (ii) identification of best practices, (iii) recommendations for systemic reform and (iv) application of learning to sports beyond basketball. The Task Force will issue findings and recommendations to the Pac-12 CEO Group in March 2018. A final report with a series of recommendations for both the Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA will then be shared with the NCAA Commission on College Basketball along with the national collegiate community.
The full membership of the Pac-12 Task Force is as follows:
Naismith Hall of Famer, former University of Oregon athletics administrator and Executive Vice President/head of basketball for the NCAA
NCAA Basketball Hall of Fame Men’s Basketball Coach (Stanford, Cal) who is also serving on the NCAA Commission on College Basketball
Former football student-athlete, Stanford University Athletics administrator, NFL player, and FOX Sports analyst
Pac-12 Athletic Director (Utah) and former member of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee
Pac-12 Athletic Director (UCLA) and former Chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee
Pac-12 Senior Woman Administrator and former women’s basketball coach at Colorado
Pac-12 Faculty Athletic Representative and current Associate Professor of Clinical Education at University of Southern California
Former men’s basketball student-athlete at Stanford, NBA veteran, and current broadcaster
Former Pac-12 men’s basketball coach at UCLA, current broadcaster
Former Pac-12 men’s basketball student-athlete at UCLA, current General Manager of Golden State Warriors
Former Pac-12 women’s basketball student-athlete, Olympic Gold Medalist, NCAA champion at Stanford, and college basketball head coach
Former student-athlete, Pac-12 football Coach at USC, and current college sports broadcast analyst for Pac-12 Networks