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Pac-12 announces task force seeking answers in college sports

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott speaks during the Pac-12's NCAA college basketball media day, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pac-12 Conference is launching its own task force to develop reform proposals in the wake of a federal bribery investigation that includes an assistant coach from USC.

Commissioner Larry Scott expects the 10 to 12 members on his task force “to address issues that are threatening the integrity of collegiate athletics and to protect our student-athletes.”

He named the first five members Thursday during the Pac-12’s men’s basketball media day — a day after the NCAA announced a commission to study the inner workings of college basketball amid the scandal.

The creation of the task force comes on the heels of the FBI’s investigation into fraud and corruption charges involving Adidas executives and college basketball assistants, including the since-fired Book Richardson of Arizona and USC’s Tony Bland, who is on administrative leave.

USC coach Andy Enfield said all his players are practicing as the investigation continues. He has been instructed not to speak about the investigation.

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