There is just so much stupidity out there — in some pockets of the population — and so much misinformation….and so much biased personal opinion being shared as something close to fact and reality…
…that we thought we would do some folks the service of attempting to limit their embarrassment and ignorance by sharing a document with which everyone should be familiar. I recommend that our readers bookmark this entry to serve as their response the next time someone tries to pass off unintelligible personal opinions and wishes as reality, because it ain’t a reality in which the NCAA lives whether people wish it so.
You can click here to read for yourself – if you can – “The Principles of Institutional Control as Prepared by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.”
C. ACTS THAT ARE LIKELY TO DEMONSTRATE A LACK OF INSTITUTIONAL CONTROL
(#8) A head coach fails to create and maintain an atmosphere for compliance within the program the coach supervises or fails to monitor the activities of assistant coaches regarding compliance.
A head coach has special obligation to establish a spirit of compliance among the entire team, including assistant coaches, other staff and student-athletes. The head coach must generally observe the activities of assistant coaches and staff to determine if they are acting in compliance with NCAA rules.
Too often, when assistant coaches are involved in a web of serious violations, head coaches profess ignorance, saying that they were too busy to know what was occurring and that they trusted their assistants.
Such a failure by head coaches to control their teams, alone or with the assistance of a staff member with compliance responsibilities, is a lack of institutional control. This is not to imply that every violation by an assistant coach involves a lack of institutional control. If the head coach sets a proper tone of compliance and monitors the activities of all assistant coaches in the sport, the head coach cannot be charged with the secretive activities of an assistant bent on violating NCAA rules.
As we highlighted in this fantastic entry earlier in the week, the N&O’s Luke DeCock also highlighted the fine print also highlights:
Ignorance is no excuse. As the NCAA’s fine print states: “Too often, when assistant coaches are involved in a web of serious violations, head coaches profess ignorance, saying that they were too busy to know what was occurring and that they trusted their assistants. Such a failure by head coaches to control their teams … is a lack of institutional control.”