Ethics were aired on either ESPN or ESPN2

Ethics in Intercollegiate Athletics is a massive topic.  For every institution that follows procedures by the book, there seems to be two or three more violating the rules and getting away with it for years.  There are loopholes in every governing body and legal ways to hide infractions.  Take the University of Faith for example.  The branch location based out of St. Petersburg, Florida, has all classes conducted online and are strictly limited to religious courses.  The school’s athletic endeavors from the outside looking in are extremely shady and ethically questionable.  The team website lists that their games against certain opponents were aired on either ESPN or ESPN2 when they were not and listed that some of the team’s games would be played at Al Lang Stadium.  Yet officials from Al Lang said that was not the case.  Not only is the athletic part of the school shady, the academic part is as well.  The classes do not list the names of professors and classes are all conducted online.  This exhibits the use of possible legal loopholes used in order to support the coaching dreams and aspirations of the schools head football coach, Coach Givins.  Because the school has listed themselves as a religious University, offering only degrees in religion, they have successfully been able to make sure the state of Florida cannot oversee their practices.However, in the process, this makes the degrees earned by the students attending the University of Faith non-accredited.  The school plays National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) schools but generally lose their games by large margins.  It seems Coach Givins craved the opportunity to be a college head coach so badly; he does not care if he puts players up against much stronger competition and gives them essentially useless degrees as long as he gets what he wants (Kruse, 2014).   Coach Givins is not the first coach to have unsound ethics in Intercollegiate Athletics.  Since scholar athletes could take to an athletic field there has been shady business going on.  As far back as 1869, Princeton and Rutgers played each other in a soccer like game in which Rutgers won 6-4.  In 1869 freshman eligibility was an afterthought.  Ten of the twenty-five players representing Rutgers were freshman.  Three of these freshman were failing their Algebra class and none of them had every taken a standardized test for admission to the University or recorded a pre-college grade point average to deem themselves eligible to participate in athletics for Rutgers.  There was no rule that everyone had to follow regarding freshman eligibility, only conference rules.  For close to seventy years, certain schools restricted freshman from playing and some did not however the majority of schools did not allow freshman to play.  That is until 1972 when all athletes, freshman to senior class, where declared as eligible for play for all sports including football and basketball.  Only a 1.6 grade point average was needed to play in subsequent semesters until the 1980s when Proposition 48 was passed and incoming freshman needed only a 2.0 high school grade point average on eleven core subjects, a 700 SAT and 15 ACT score to be eligible.  All of these required scores were much lower than the average scores of students admitted who did not participate in Intercollegiate Athletics.  It was not until 2008 that the NCAA would require at least 15 core courses completed in high school to be eligible, when 75% of students entering college had 15 or more core courses completed since the 1980s (Smith, 2011).