Author C.S. Lewis once said: "Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching."
The Arkansas State University Athletics Department is dealing with people who did the wrong thing when no one was watching. A former director of basketball operations provided a student-athlete on the University's basketball team with more than $5,000 in excessive apparel. He gave him the login for the men's basketball program promotional account for clothing. In the end, he helped the student take possession of the excessive amount of apparel.
It's not good for the university's integrity and, honestly, the administration has to ultimately be held responsible because that's their job.
But let's not judge the athletic department, the university or the students by the acts of two people who didn't do the right thing.
Athletic Director Terry Mohajir launched an investigation, found out what was going on, took action against the individuals involved, brought it to the attention of the NCAA and suggested a self-imposed punishment.
Getting ahead of it like this isn't easy and takes guts.
The transparency, honesty, and integrity as shown by A-State leadership will go a long way to take something that could be a serious black eye for the university, and turning it into an example of integrity.
In some cases, it's not about the bad things that happen. It's about how we handle them.
Taking care of business, moving forward for the good of everyone involved and doing the right thing even when no one is watching will make this a better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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