The NCAA is considering making most outside sources of income for coaches -- such as highly lucrative shoe contracts, summer camps and television shows -- the joint property of the coach and his school, NCAA President Jack Davis said yesterday at a news conference here.
A few top coaches, whose base salaries are less than $100,000, parlay these and other opportunities into annual incomes surpassing a half million dollars. It was unclear how this would affect coaches' income, and any recommendations made by a committee that was recently formed to study the issue would have to be voted on by the entire NCAA.
The issue falls in line with the goal of the two-year-old NCAA Presidents Commission to "enhance institutional control of intercollegiate athletics," according to commission chairman John B. Slaughter, chancellor at the University of Maryland. Yesterday's news conference was called to highlight the NCAA's new compliance efforts and beefed-up enforcement staff.
Slaughter believes more involvement by university presidents and chancellors will bring greater integrity to college sports rocked recently by academic abuses, recruiting iolations, point-shaving and drug use.
Davis, director of special programs for agriculture at Oregon State University, said the NCAA is not trying to limit coaches' outside income.
"We are concerned about the property of the institutions being controlled by institutions, not necessarily limiting coaches' outside income," Davis said. "I think the committee probably will conclude these are things that ought to be developed as a joint venture between the institution and the coach."
At Maryland, the athletic department this year began producing the television shows of football coach Bobby Ross and basketball coach Lefty Driesell. Ross said the major source of his outside income is from television and that he would prefer the university take over the one-week summer camp and pay salaries to the coaches; he said he does not have a shoe contract.
Driesell, who sources say made $60,000 to $75,000 last year from his shoe contract, said, "First of all, I don't think they can do that in America -- maybe in Russia they could. I just think the NCAA has far, far more serious problems to think about than coaches making a few dollars. We earn what we make."
Ross said: "If they want to get involved, give us some tenure, too. We don't have security like a normal professor does."
Terry Holland, Virginia's basketball coach, said that his shoe contract is negotiated by the school's athletic director, that his camp already is a joint venture with the university (as is Driesell's) and that the school produces his television show.
"I don't know how it is at other schools," he said. "Coaches might feel squeamish if the real intent is to limit outside income and not that it's a joint venture so everybody knows what's going on. I don't have any problem with that. I don't think most coaches would."
The group studying this issue was one of four ad-hoc subcommittees appointed last week to delve into what Davis said were the major issues the NCAA Council plans to confront this year. The other subcommittees will be concerned with a review of financial aid and amateurism issues relating to money received by foreign athletes, the recruiting process and the length of playing seasons.
The NCAA announced yesterday that it had expanded the enforcement department to include compliance and had renamed it the compliance and enforcement department. The compliance section was implemented after delegates to a special convention last summer passed landmark rules increasing penalties for chronic violators of rules and directing institutions to report academic data annually, conduct an independent financial audit annually and conduct a self-study every five years.