Idaho AD understands challenges of NCAA rulebook

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Idaho AD understands challenges of NCAA rulebook

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by Zach Wolken

Idaho's News Channel 7

Posted on May 8, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 7:47 PM

EAGLE, ID -- University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear knows Boise State is in a tough situation with the NCAA. 

"It is complicated and when you see something like that with what is going on at Boise State," said Spear at the Ada County Scramble.  "You know I hate to see any of my colleuges go through that.  I know we all work hard."

It's a constant battle to make sure each and every coach stays compliant with the ever changing NCAA rulebook. 

"[The NCAA rulebook is] certainly a complex and huge manual you have to go through and it's very important to educate your coaches," Spear said.  "I know we take a lot of pride in educating our coaches."

While the U of I spends a lot of time educating its coaches and staying compliant, so does Spear.  The Idaho AD is on the NCAA Legislative Council. 

"We review all the new legislation that's proposed over the course of a year," said Spear of being on the council."   We actually pass the legislation that just passed in April and I actually might have a better understanding of what's going on right now because of my role with the NCAA."

Spear also acknowledges it can be very tough to keep everyone straight, but making sure rules are not broken is a real team effort.

"Well you rely heavily on your compliance officer," he said.  "No question about it.  It's their job to know what the rules are and actually educate our coaches."

 

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