The letter was signed by 11 players, each from a different league school. The only program not represented was the University of Colorado. Scott addressed his response to the 11 players: Dallas Hobbs, Washington State; Cody Shear, State of Arizona; Jaydon Grant, State of Oregon; Valentino Daltoso, Cal; Chase Williams, USC; Elijah Higgins, Stanford; Jevon Holland, Oregon; Joe Tryon, Washington; Malik Hausman, Arizona; Nick Ford, Utah; and Otito Ogbonnia, UCLA.
The health of athletes is the “No. 1 priority, ”Scott wrote in his letter. “For this reason, we made it clear on July 10 that any student-athlete who chooses not to return to competition for health or safety reasons will have their scholarship protected and will remain in good standing with their team. We support any student-athlete who chooses to opt out for health and safety reasons. ”
Regarding many player demands, Scott cites several initiatives that the Pac-12 has championed over the years, including the Pac-12 policy to (1) provide medical care to athletes four years beyond. their eligibility, which is “twice as many years of coverage as any other major conference,” the letter says; (2) allow any former player to use the remainder of their scholarship to return to campus for a degree; (3) against schools canceling scholarships due to poor performance; and (4) require schools to provide mental health services to all athletes.
The letter also cites the unlimited meals that Pac-12 schools provide to their athletes. The league supports two important initiatives for the #WeAreUnited group, Scott’s letter says, including a change in the transfer rule to allow players to play immediately and the adoption of uniform legislation to allow players to enjoy their name, image and likeness. No Pac-12 school requires athletes to sign a liability waiver to begin training, Scott wrote in the letter.
He also talks about the Black Lives Matter movement across the country, a movement that has filtered into college sports. “The Pac-12 has a long history of supporting the voices and initiatives of student-athletes in the area of social justice,” he writes. “On July 1, the Pac-12 announced a series of next steps to combat racism and support social justice, including (i) a newly created position of Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Conference, (ii) the formation of a social justice and an advisory group on the fight against racism which includes representatives of student-athletes, and (iii) the launch of a series of forums on the fight against racism between students -athletes and coaches. “
Scott ends the letter by writing that the league will find a time later this week for a reunion.