The Associated Press asked 84 top universities with major basketball programs as well as six top conferences about their response to a federal corruption scandal that has overshadowed college hoops as the season gets ready to begin.
Of 64 schools that responded, 28 said the probe prompted their own internal reviews. So did the Pac-12 conference, which formed a task force to dive into the culture and issues of recruiting. Another 36 schools and the Big East Conference said they were not specifically responding to the federal probe, though many of the "no" responses came with the caveat that the school's athletic department is always reviewing its compliance.
The Associated Press listed North Carolina and Duke as two basketball programs who are reviewing practices to make sure they are in compliance.
WFMY News 2 reached out to both schools Monday, and both responded via email.
Steve Kirschner, with North Carolina, wrote "Since news of the FBI’s investigation, we are doing many of the same things we suspect most Universities are, including talking directly to our coaches and staff. Our Director of Athletics and our sport administrators are in constant contact with our coaches across all sports, and we also have coaches meetings every month where we talk about compliance and rules. We are discussing, and will continue to discuss, this topic with our coaches and staff."
Duke spokesman Jon Jackson wrote, "We are constantly assessing policies and practices with all our sports to ensure compliance. In addition, we often take a more detailed look at compliance policies and practices when there are widely publicized reports of alleged misconduct, as we will do following the news of the federal investigation. As always, we welcome and appreciate any guidance that the NCAA provides in these kinds of situations."
WFMY News 2 also sent emails to the communications departments at North Carolina State and Wake Forest.
NC State's Craig Hammel responded, "Our compliance staff, headed by an individual who worked for NCAA enforcement for 12 years, regularly meets with our entire men's basketball coaching and support staff. That continues to be the case."
And, Steve Kirkland at Wake Forest wrote, "When Joedy from the AP emailed us last week for that story, we told him we declined to comment."
Here's a full list of how each school and conference responded to the question: "Are you reviewing your own basketball program - internally or with a consultant - as a response to the federal probe?"
San Diego State
ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC conferences
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