At least Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott didn’t have to answer the annual DirecTV question this time.
Scott was asked to discuss the additional allegations surfacing out of the past two weeks from the federal trial in New York. On Wednesday, former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola testified that he paid five former basketball recruits, including eventual UA star Deandre Ayton, on behalf of the shoe company.
Oregon, Arizona, Washington, Utah and USC have all been mentioned either in the federal complaints or during the current trial, but Scott said that didn’t indicate the conference had a “systemic problem” with compliance.
“Allegations have been made about a lot of schools nationally,” Scott said. “We are eager to see what comes out of the trial, what comes out of NCAA investigation, as are our schools.”
Scott spoke of efforts the conference and its schools have made since the investigation was announced in Sept. 2017, and the task force it assembled, while also noting that he’s confident that Pac-12 schools will take any new information from the trials “very seriously.”