Penn State scandal forces SFA to review policies

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Football season soon begins at SFA and at universities across the nation. The sanctions against Penn State prompts administrators to do a checks and balances of university policy.

"One thing that has come out of this as a recommendation from the NCAA to all of its membership is that if we don't have policies concerning relationships between coaches and staff members and student athletes we should have those policies on board," said Athletic Director Robert Hill. "Fortunately, we do have the policies in place."

Hill points out academics may move up in importance on some campuses.

"It might change some attitudes toward people who consider football to be the end all, be all for a campus," Hill said. "I think there are some campuses out there that have to be very careful about that. At least here, obviously, sports aren't king."

"Following today's decision, in some ways, Penn State is put on a level playing field with SFA," Hill said.

"Obviously, with the reduction in scholarships they're going to be on the same scholarship level as an FCS ( Football Championship Subdivision) school like SFA," Hill said. "They're going to lose 20 scholarships."

Then there's concern about decisions on future violations.

In an unprecedented move the NCAA president didn't seek a full hearing before the NCAA's infractions committee.

"I'm wondering about the next great big, and if it's not a scandal like this, just a recruiting scandal, you're playing players or you're giving them cars, all those things you read about, when does the NCAA decide that we'll just bypass infractions and basically just present it to the board and you never get your say?" Hill said.

The Penn State scandal is also changing sports marketing instruction. Before this fall, SFA's school of business' Associate Professor Dr. Larry O'Neal will be busy making course adjustments.

"I must add a section in each course in law and ethics and have no choice in it," says O'Neal. "College administrators, even those not involved in teams, still have an ethical moral responsibility to report infractions."

O'Neal says the Penn State scandal will enhance the need for more marketing and managerial positions within the 'big business' of sporting ventures. The professor wants to develop a sports law course at SFA.

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