Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Hoops coaches, NCAA agree on ethics code
CHICAGO - Myles Brand and the NCAA have made their
feelings clear about the problems surrounding college
Brand and other NCAA officials met Wednesday with more than 300
Division I men's basketball coaches in an attempt to restore
integrity in the sport.
Last month, the National Association of Basketball Coaches
agreed to convene a meeting to discuss the conduct of its
members. The announcement came in the wake of scandals at
Baylor, Iowa State and Georgia in which coaches were dismissed
after unethical conduct.
Baylor coach Dave Bliss resigned August 8 after former player
Carlton Dotson was charged in the slaying of Patrick Dennehy,
his former roommate. It later was revealed that Bliss tried to
portray Dennehy as a drug dealer.
Last May, Iowa State fired basketball coach Larry Eustachy for
inappropriate behavior at a party in Missouri. Eustachy was
photographed embracing and kissing women on the cheek at parties
attended by college students after road games.
Georgia coach Jim Harrick resigned March 28 after an academics
scandal forced the school to withdraw from postseason play.
Former Bulldogs player Tony Cole alleged that Harrick and his
son, assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr., gave him money and an "A"
in a physical education course Cole claimed he never attended.
"This was a dramatically important day," Brand said. "The
coaches came together to reaffirm their commitment to the
integrity of this game and to the ethics of their profession."
The coaches have agreed to an ethics code that is outlined in
documents that will be distributed to participating staff and
athletes. Coaches agreed the forms will be filed with the NABC
in the next three weeks.
"We took this opportunity today to help make our coaching
profession a little bit better," said Oklahoma coach and NABC
president Kelvin Sampson. "What we did was revisit some things
that we think are important as coaches and as a profession to
help make us better."
The NABC also announced it will work the NCAA to develop a "lack
of coach control" infraction that could result in additional
penalties for a program under investigation. In addition, the
NABC has implemented a five-session professional development
program for all Division I assistants at its next convention,
slated for Final Four weekend in San Antonio.
"I think what we're trying to do within our organization is we
need to be responsible to ourselves," Stanford coach Mike
Montgomery said. "In order to be responsible to ourselves, we
all agree on a certain set of standards and what we want for our
NABC executive director Jim Haney reportedly considered
penalizing coaches who did not attend Wednesday's meeting by
revoking their Final Four tickets.
"It is our responsibility to protect the integrity of the sport
and those who participate in it," Haney said.