By Steve Mims

The (Eugene) Register-Guard

First up

Northwest Christian at Oregon (ex)

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 30 TV: Pac-12

EUGENE — Oregon coach Dana Altman said results of the recent FBI investigation into men’s college basketball were “disappointing,” but he put his support behind Arizona’s Sean Miller and Southern California’s Andy Enfield during his first public statements since the federal probe became public.

Two of the four assistant coaches arrested for fraud after being accused of taking bribes to pressure players into picking certain agents came from the Pac-12. Oregon has had recruiting battles in recent years with Arizona’s Emmanuel Richardson and USC’s Tony Bland.

“I’ve got great respect recruiting against those teams; I didn’t ever feel like it was anything,” Altman said. “They have got great programs. Sitting at USC you are in L.A. and sitting in Arizona, you have got the tradition. As far as I know, they run great programs.”

The investigation is likely to dominate Pac-12 media day next week when Miller and Enfield arrive Thursday in San Francisco along with reporters who cover the conference. The Wildcats and Trojans may be the two favorites in the preseason media poll.

“Arizona has got great fans and great tradition, and a very good basketball coach,” Altman said. “USC has really come along, and Andy is a good guy. They are both in our conference and I don’t want to talk about other programs, but I have a lot of respect for both coaches and their coaching staff. I hope it is all settled in their favor when all the details come out.”

A total of 10 people were arrested following the three-year FBI probe that was announced on Sept. 26. In addition to the four coaches, two Adidas employees were arrested along with a couple agents and advisers.

“From the outside, it is something that is a little disappointing for all of us,” Altman said. “Without having a lot of knowledge of the particulars, it looks like it is broken down into two things, coaches and payments, which is not good for our game.”

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