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National Collegiate Athletic Association; Football--Organization and administration; College sports--Management;


The purpose of this study was to examine and describe selected administrative practices and policies in the areas of staffing, recruiting, and budgeting for NCAA Division III football programs. Subproblems inherent in this study were (a) to compare these practices and policies according to the institutions size and (b) to compare these practices and policies according to the football program's winning percentage over the last 5 years.

A questionnaire was sent to all 202 programs who participated in NCAA Division III football during the 1985 season. One hundred fifteen institutions completed and returned the questionnaire. The questionnaire obtained specific information regarding program staffing, recruiting, and budgeting.

The study showed that there was a tremendous variability among NCAA Division III football programs and their practices and policies regarding staffing, recruiting, and budgeting. Some of the greatest differences were found in the number of assistant coaches and their percentage workload in football.

In examining these administrative practices and policies according to size of institution and winning percentage some trends were identified. Winning programs showed a higher mean number of full-time assistant coaches, a higher mean percentage workload in football, and more recruiting responsibility among their assistant coaches. Institutions with enrollments of over 3,000 students also tended to lead in these same areas within the institutional size groupings.

These same two groupings, winning programs and those schools of over 3,000 students also tended to have larger football operating budgets.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Larry D. Hensley

Second Advisor

Iradge Ahrabi-Fard

Third Advisor

Forrest Dolgener


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