Hoops coaches, NCAA agree on ethics code

Updated: October 15, 2003, 8:11 PM ET

CHICAGO - Myles Brand and the NCAA have made their feelings clear about the problems surrounding college basketball.

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 organization."

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.

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