UCF is committed and obligated to the principle of institutional control in operating its athletics program in a manner that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of NCAA, conference, and University rules and regulations. Institutional control is the responsibility of all athletic constituents, led by the institutions executive officer, to control it's intercollegiate athletics program, and ensure compliance with the rules and regulations of the conference and NCAA. Maintaining institutional control is imperative to the continued the growth and success of our athletic programs.
Not everyone likes or agrees with the expectations, the role and/or their responsibilities associated with ensuring compliance. The rules do not always make sense and many times seem to be contrary to common-sense and the good values that many of us were taught while growing up. Sometimes not being able to do something for a student-athlete in need can be very frustrating, particularly when we want to help, have the resources to help, and simply can't because of some rule that we think is just plain silly. Sometimes doing it the right way means it may take a little longer to get things done, and may put us at a disadvantage. At UCF, we would like to think that we have created an environment in which we are doing everything we can within the rules that give our programs the best opportunity to succeed given the parameters within which we work. Creating that environment is not easy. Maintaining it is even harder.
In order to establish an environment within this University that is conducive to the NCAA operating principle of competitive equity, it is critical that everyone associated with the program (coaches, staff, student-athletes, and the supporters of the program) recognize that compliance is a shared responsibility. Everyone has roles and responsibilities and must establish personal accountability and integrity in their actions. Everyone must identify their role and responsibilities and not be afraid to regularly communicate and demonstrate the commitment to rules compliance in their actions.