Critical issues in sports are exemplified even in the modest inter-collegiate setting. In fact, concerns and scandals are not exclusive to professional sports and big athletic associations. This is because sports-related problems and most importantly, violations rampantly exist right inside the college premises. Such grave incidents of violation, either of the established regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or even the college itself requires the correct handling of college sports officials. In particular, the in-house or internal handling and subsequent resolution of NCCA
rule violation is one of the primary obligations of the college’s athletic director. In carrying out such task of the need to internally handle the infringement, it is therefore important for the athletic director to observe a course of action. Coming up and implementing a list of steps ultimately ensure that the violation of NCAA rule was correctly handled in house. In performing the responsibility of an athletic director to internally handle the breach of a particular NCAA policy, it is valuable to take into consideration the principles and practices stated by Eitzen (2006).
In his book “Fair and Foul,” the author exposed to the public the dark side of the sports field. In emphasizing such, Eitzen emphasized the damage that commercialization brings about to the condition of college sports where student-players violate NCAA rules (Eitzen, 2006). He then added that even with the creation of NCAA in 1905, regulations have yet to be fully standardized and the efforts of college officials, specifically athletic directors, appear to be insufficient in addressing violation of the Association’s rules. Hence, violation of
NCAA rules such as “eligibility of athletes, the high rate of injuries, cheating, and the like” are the problems which the college athletic director needs to properly handle in-house (Eitzen, 2006, p. 137). To be precise, this discussion focuses on the problem confronting me as an athletic director of a rural college following the discovery that someone on the roster of players had actually violated NCAA rule. Faced with a principal question whether to immediately and directly report the matter to the Association, it has come to my decision that it is best that the matter be internally handled.
This is because with my course of action or list of actions to be taken, I can endure that the violation, while handled in-house, will be resolved accordingly. As athletic director, the first thing I would do is get details of the NCAA rule infraction. List down the people or students who may have knowledge about it and then determine the extent of details as to what they actually know. This move will assist me in establishing the supposed violators and exact circumstances that surrounded the violation. Then I will talk to the athlete violator himself or herself to get his or her side and find out if
the violation was intentional or not. Being the athletic director of a small rural college, I am responsible in reporting the matter to my immediate superior who is no other than the vice president or chancellor for non-academic affairs. He should be provided with a detailed report on the matter. In doing so, I will be provided with the needed assistance in the appropriate handling of the violation incident as well as how to correctly manage and sanction the student-culprit. Hence, it is empirically essential to consult my direct supervisor both under an objective that he can help
me on my decision and fundamental principle that the violation of a specific NCAA rule is handled accordingly. Having done this, I would then ask the officer higher than me that that the matter should be discussed with the college president not only as a matter of procedure but also to ask his suggestion on what to do. The college president should be given the option of whether this violation be acted on at his level or leave it in my hands as the athletic director or possibly elevate the matter to the attention and decision of NCAA itself. If the college
President decides to leave it to me, the first thing I will do is call a close door meeting with the athletes or students who have actual knowledge of the violation and get their commitment not to discuss anymore about it inside or outside the campus. This way the issue will be restricted and prevented from being blown out of proportion hence will be handled in manner that it is expected to be resolved. Thereafter, I will place the suspected athlete-violator under preventive suspension pending the completion of the investigation. If proven guilty, I will ask the offender to sign a
voluntary letter of resignation from the college pool of athletic scholars with an accompanying apology for the infraction committed. Depending on the nature and gravity of the violation, the college player will not only be stripped of his or her college athletic position but will definitely be meted with the corresponding administrative and other related punishment(s). As soon as this is accomplished, I will reply officially to the resignation letter, accepting the same with regrets and grant the athletic violator an honorable discharge. However, the job should not end there.
In compliance with NCAA regulation, I will not mislead the Association as regard the violation incident in my college. NCAA will be provided with correct details and report that the course of actions were appropriately done as well as assurance that the violation was correctly handled as an in-house incident and that violators were punished accordingly. Such truthfulness, therefore, justifies the college’s option for in-house handling or decision to solve the incident internally. The effectiveness of handling the issue in-house depends on my skills as the college’s athletic director.
It is my position that internally handling the violation incident benefits the college and NCAA in general. This is because solving the matter on our own will protect the integrity of the college institution while at the same time provide NCAA with a favor of not being too burden with such problem which can be settled at my position. Therefore, the problem can be managed and kept in-house if the recommended measures are put in place. Reference Eitzen, D. S. (2006). Fair and Foul: Beyond the Myths and Paradoxes of Sport. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.