Sunday, January 3, 2010
Pac-10 supports USC sanctions
By Diamond Leung
Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement that the penalties USC self-imposed on its basketball program show a "sincere commitment" by the school to addressing its past.
“We have been working closely with USC and the NCAA in independent investigations of USC’s basketball program," Scott said. "USC’s decision to self-impose aggressive penalties on itself is clear recognition of how seriously the University takes this matter and the sincere commitment of the Athletic Department, University leadership and new Coach Kevin O’Neill to correct mistakes that were made in the past and to set the program on a track to maintain the highest standards expected of every institution in the Pac-10 and the NCAA.”
The Pac-10 also needs to address how it will reformat what will now become a nine-team conference tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
One possibility would be to award an additional first-round bye to the seventh-place team in the regular season standings (not including USC).
In that scenario, there would only be one first-round game between the eighth- and ninth-place teams rather than the usual two.