Kentucky basketball posts job opening for special assistant/recruiting coordinator

by:Jack Pilgrim08/21/20
Are you wanting to join the Kentucky men's basketball coaching staff as a special assistant to the head coach/recruiting coordinator? The opportunity is on the table. This week, the University of Kentucky posted the job opening for the position on its official employment search page, with the deadline to apply being August 27. What does it take to be a special assistant to the head coach/recruiting coordinator at Kentucky? Let's take a look at the job description:
"The Special Assistant to Men’s Basketball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator duties include but not limited to: recruiting evaluation and administration, scouting future opponents and provides feedback directly to head coach and staff outside of practice and competition, and providing additional counsel on all aspects of men’s basketball program outside of practice and competition. Responsibilities include basketball program observation; advance scouting; advising and guidance provision; and special projects coordination. Must adhere to State, University, NCAA and SEC rules, regulations, policies and procedures."
Under the "Skills/Knowledge/Abilities" category, the school also recommends and/or asks for "scouting and program experience with Division I Basketball." Fair enough, sounds reasonable. Still think you meet the criteria? Let's take a look at the school's questions for interested applicants:
  1. How many paid years of experience do you have with a Division I basketball program?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years
  2. How many paid years of experience do you have scouting a Division I basketball program?
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years
  3. As part of the Southeastern Conference, candidates considered for staff or coaching positions within UK Athletics are required to disclose any unethical conduct. Please answer the below questions regarding your personal NCAA record. Have you ever been charged with a violation of NCAA 10.1 Unethical Conduct by the NCAA or any NCAA member institution?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. Have you ever been charged with a NCAA Level I, II or III, secondary or major violation?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. Are you currently involved in any pending NCAA investigation, charges and/or violations of NCAA legislation?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. Has the NCAA Committee on Infractions ever issued you show-cause penalty?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. If you answered yes, to either of the previous two questions, please list all violations in which you’ve been charged or were involved. If you answered no to both of the previous questions please type: N/A(Open Ended Question)
  8. I agree to and understand that failure to disclose any NCAA violation or false information regarding my NCAA compliance history will result in removal of my application for consideration.
    • Yes
    • No
While I can't say I fit the desired criteria in questions one and two, I'm in the clear on questions three through eight. That in itself makes me more qualified for the job than, say, Bill Self or Rick Pitino. I'll take 6/8 over 2/8. Still, though, one would have to assume I'd come up short in a pool certain to be filled with quality candidates that can nail all eight questions, fit the job description, and boast the skills, knowledge and abilities asked of by the program. Who could fill that role? Kentucky head coach John Calipari already has a name in mind. [caption id="attachment_311276" align="alignnone" width="763"] Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images[/caption] Jai Lucas, come on down. (ukjobs.uky.edu)

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