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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Coaching Ethics Quiz……

It seems lately (meaning over the last 10 years), ethics have become a key word in college athletics.  With scum guys running around AAU basketball so much, those questions will never stop.  So, I wanted to get a fans perspective of where you draw the ethical line.  So, what follows are some situations and I want to know how you think our coach should handle these instances (keep in mind that I am using some hypothetical situations, none of these are actually happening):

  1. Should a coach punish every player the same when the player has academic troubles?  For instance, if Dominique Hawkins got a 1.0 GPA in a semester, and in that same semester, Isaiah Briscoe gets a 1.0, should the same punishment be dealt out?
  2. Should a coach punish every player the same when the player has legal troubles?  For instance, Jules Camara was suspended for one season for a DUI, but would you have punished Anthony Davis the same way?
  3. Are you OK with your head coach hiring somebody to join his assistant coaching staff for the purpose of getting the commitment from a single player?
  4. Once a player has finished his eligibility at a school, is it the coaches responsibility to make sure that player graduates?
  5. Should a coach continue to contact a player after he has verbally committed to another school but not signed a letter of intent?
  6. If a coach has used all of his open scholarships for one season, but another more highly touted player wants to commit, are you OK with a coach pulling a scholarship from another commitment?
  7. Should a coach be allowed to speak about other coaches during the recruiting process?  For instance, are you OK with other coaches talking about Cal to the NBA rumors or Gillispie’s drinking when talking to high school kids?
  8. Are you OK with coaches ever speaking negatively about their players after a game?  If yes, what is the scenario where a coach can talk in a negative fashion about his players?
  9. Should coaches be allowed to take endorsements from companies outside of the school parameters, i.e. Coach K with American Express if their players can not take similar endorsements?

You can answer just 1 of these questions or attempt to answer them all.  Up to you……

Article written by Bryan the Intern

6 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Coaching Ethics Quiz……

  1. shelby
    8:15 am July 7, 2016 Permalink

    at NCO academy while serving in the military, I learned a neat phrase: there is nothing so unfair as equal treatment of unequals. Which means you really can’t treat everyone the same–what motivates one person may hurt another. However, when dealing with “punishment”, you should try to be as equal as you can so as not to give the appearance of favoritism.

  2. youbluemeaway
    8:32 am July 7, 2016 Permalink

    OK before the crazies start talking about this….
    1. Yes!
    2. Yes, exact same punishment for the same crime. However, circumstances will differ from case to case as is all cases regarding the law.
    3. NEVER! recent history proving this is bad idea.
    4. No, the coach can’t make a kid without eligibility do anything. This is the athletes responsibility. The university should leave the door open without cost to finish the degree for a reasonable time.
    5. Yes, there is NO DEAL in any way until paper is signed in the real world. One should use some caution here determined by the interest in and/or of the athlete.
    6. Yes, if mutually agreed upon by both parties.
    7. Yes, however, I would question the coaches ethics as a parent. If he is talking bad about people in my presence what will he do to my child if he fails to meet expectations.
    8. Yes, in a constructive way. the truth is the truth.
    9. Yes, regular business ethics apply here. The student not being able to have endorsements is a whole other can of worms.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:29 am July 7, 2016 Permalink

      Pretty good; I only disagree with no. 6; ;you shoudn’t pull a scholarship from one player to make room for another, like Dook.
      And, I can’t even imagine Anthony Davis with a DUI.

  3. Linda Schnitz
    8:59 am July 7, 2016 Permalink

    I hope Taco Meat get reinstated and Kash gets plenty of playing time

    • dshwildcats
      10:39 am July 7, 2016 Permalink


      If Bobby Petrino and Louisville are alright with taking in a player that assaulted and threatened his girlfriend with a gun, and was kicked out at TCU, I’m alright with Will Thomas Collins (aka, Taco Meat) getting a second chance after doing something boneheaded! If Will were to be kicked off the Kentucky squad for his bad choice, I’m sure Petrino and “The ‘Ville” could find a spot on the roster for him! They have a history of making room on the roster for players who were shown the door at their previous school (i.e. Josh Harvey-Clemons; Michael Dyer; Devonte Fields; Willie Williams; Zeke Pike; Jeremy Darveau–a former Kentucky player, etc., etc.) Lol!!

  4. bdavis2578
    9:01 am July 7, 2016 Permalink

    Amateur players should have amateur coaches.