SAN FRANCISCO Colorado coach Tad Boyle hasn't minced words with his thoughts on the FBI's investigation of a recruiting scandal that has rocked college basketball in general and the Pac-12 Conference in particular.
Count the Buffaloes' leader among those pleased both the NCAA and the Pac-12 have formed different panels to address many of the issues exposed by the FBI investigation. Four Division I assistant coaches, including two Pac-12 members Tony Bland from USC and Emanuel Richardson from Arizona, were arrested on various bribery and fraud charges.
"I certainly don't think that's ever a bad idea," Boyle said. "I think trying to look at this game from a lot of different perspectives is good, and obviously the FBI investigation has exposed the underbelly of our sport. My contention is that black market isn't going to go away, but at least maybe we can be more aware of it and figure out a way to handle it the best way that we can."
USC head coach Andy Enfield and Arizona coach Sean Miller took their respective turns at the podium Thursday during the Pac-12 media day, but neither coach offered anything revealing about the ongoing investigations.
Miller, who released a statement a week ago, often repeated the phrase "I'm going to stand by my statement that I've given," while Enfield also refused to comment directly on Bland's situation.
"I support the investigation into the allegations," Miller said. "I also support what anybody can do to make our game better."
The Pac-12 preseason media poll was released on Thursday, with the embattled programs at Arizona and USC landing the top two spots. CU, which expects to lean heavily on new faces, was picked ninth. Yet if recent history is any indication, Buffs fans can feel a small measure of reassurance, as the team rarely has performed in accordance with its preseason slotting.
In 2014 CU was picked third, just one point behind second-place Utah, but ultimately finished in a three-way tie for eighth. In 2015 the Buffs were picked seventh but finished fifth while returning to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years. And last year a disappointing season ended with the Buffs in seventh-place after getting picked fifth in the preseason.
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