At the NCAA conference this past week in San Antonio some interesting new data was revealed. It appears that student-athletes don’t trust their coaches a whole lot. And apparently the coaches of women’s basketball are the worst–according to their players. Only 39 percent of respondents said they trusted their coaches. The same percentage said their coaches “defined success by not only winning, but winning fairly.” Just over a third said they wanted to spend less time with their coaches. This is compared to 21 percent of female student-athletes in other sports.
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is responding to the findings by establishing an ethics committee that will examine the compliance rules around coaches’ behaviors and players’ experiences.
Isn’t this kind of exactly what female physical educators and administrators were worrying about in the 70s and 80s when women’s sports were being brought into the NCAA model? Not an especially satisfying “I told you so moment.”
Oh, yeah, it also seems that student-athletes, especially DI football players (bowl subdivision), are devoting too much time to their sports. Football players are spending more than twice the amount of time on their sport allowed by NCAA rules. Baseball, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball are also exceeding the 20 hours per week rule. This is not shocking. Similar data were discovered four years ago.