NCAA Alleges “Lack of Head Coach Control” against Arizona’s Augie Busch

Updated 10/26: Arizona head coach Augie Busch says that the NCAA did not allege a Level I charge against him. The original ‘Athletic’ reporting was that the NCAA alleged “Lack of Head Coach Control,” which is either a Level I or Level II violation under NCAA rules. Busch says that he is not allowed by Arizona compliance officials to discuss the matter further at this time.

The NCAA has charged the University of Arizona with nine rules violations, including five of the most serious Level I allegations, The Athletic reported on Sunday.

While most of the national headlines will focus on the allegations levied against the school’s high-profile basketball program, The Athletic reports that it also includes a charge of “lack of head coach control” by head men’s and women’s swimming & diving coach Augie Busch.

The Athletic cites a letter to the NCAA from Arizona’s outside counsel, Paul Kelly, requesting that the school’s infractions case be referred to the newly created Independent Accountability Resolution Process. The University of Arizona has acknowledged the Notice of Allegations.

The basketball allegations are the latest to arise from an investigation into college basketball conducted by the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York. The scandal involves large payments to top prospects, bribes paid to college officials to steer athletes to certain agents, and payments to high school coaches. The investigations, which also implicate shoe companies, have rocked the college basketball world and has also been cited at other schools like Memphis, Kansas, LSU, Louisville, and NC State.

No reporting has yet probed into why the charge was levied against Busch, and the school has not responded to our request for more information.

The NCAA ‘presumes’ that a head coach is responsible for a Level I or Level II violation, because the NCAA believes that a head coach should maintain control and promote an atmosphere of compliance within their programs.

Busch’s former assistant coach, and younger brother, Sammy Busch, was cited in a Level II case at TCU, for which he was given a one-year show cause order, among other penalties. Their father is Frank Busch, the former USA Swimming National Team Director who served as the head coach at the University of Arizona from 1989 to 2011. That included leading the team to 2 NCAA team championships, 49 NCAA individual titles, and 31 NCAA relay titles.

Since his departure, the head coaching role has been tumultuous for the Wildcats. That includes a mid-season resignation for his successor Eric Hansen in 2013 after numerous allegations. That included an altercation between him and a roommate where police had to be called to the residence, and a very late night, or early morning, swim practice after the team lost a dual meet to the University of Utah.

Among other upheavels in the program since Frank Busch’s departure include violations committed by former diving coach Omar Ojeda that led the program to 2 years of probation and the loss of a women’s scholarship. In 2018, the school rescinded an offer of employment to John Appleman as the school’s next head diving coach.

This is in addition to a number of assistant coaches who have left the program under controversy.

The athletics department is still under probation until January 2021 as a result of the violations in the women’s diving program.

The Arizona men finished 2nd at the 2020 Pac-12 Championships, while the women finished 6th.

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Daniel Jablonski
29 days ago

Whats the deal with the basketball stuff, in laymans terms?

swimgeek
29 days ago

…just here for the comments

Guerra
29 days ago

Pitiful. Like father like sons. Except Daddy got away with it and acted like he didn’t know. Angie was never qualified, nor did he ever act professional enough to be a head coach in a major division 1 university.

Last edited 29 days ago by Guerra
Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Guerra
29 days ago

Sounds like some of those Looze assistants.

Guerra
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
29 days ago

Name names and say what you wanna say and I’ll let you know if you know what you’re talking about or not. I doubt you do, though.

westcoastthriller
Reply to  Guerra
29 days ago

Uhh I don’t know what’s going here but Cory Chitwood was an Arizona assistant and is now an Indiana assistant so…I dunno what that means.

Guerra
Reply to  westcoastthriller
29 days ago

Yeah and Cory is fine young man and a great young coach. He has a tremendous future in the profession and I hope we can keep him for a long time.

azswummer
Reply to  Guerra
29 days ago

Oh yes, he’s got outstanding character and judgment. Not.

Swammer1234
Reply to  Guerra
29 days ago

Lol you have no idea why Cory left UA?

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Swammer1234
29 days ago

the silence is telling….

Elle
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
28 days ago

I see they just got married. So at least not a fling? But still not great for AU at the time.

azswummer
Reply to  Elle
28 days ago

Tell that to his first wife…

You have no clue
Reply to  azswummer
28 days ago

So you know everything that led up to their divorce? I doubt it. It wasn’t just a one-sided issue

azswummer
Reply to  You have no clue
27 days ago

There are 2 sides to every story – yes. However, the relationship lasted over a year and affected the team- not just the two ADULTS involved. That’s why these 2 people no longer coach there! This program had enough issues before this happened. As an alum, I am currently not proud of this program and where its been the last 9 years. It’s embarrassing and needs a change of leadership NOW!

You have no clue
Reply to  Guerra
28 days ago

Amazing how you pass judgement on people when you don’t know them. If personal lives dictated everybody’s ability to coach or having different job in the world then there would be a lot of unemployed people out there. I have heard multiple skeletons are in your closet but yet you still talk bad about people.

Joe
Reply to  You have no clue
27 days ago

Amazing argument. Let’s all forget moralities and our logical fallacies. Just set the program back again and now again.

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