MTSU athletic department investigated for questionable purchases
The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, working in close cooperation with Middle Tennessee State University, investigated questionable purchases made by some staff members of MTSU's athletic department.
Investigators found that a former associate athletic director bought 100 copies of “A Guide to Etiquette for Student Athletes," worth about $3,500.
The associate athletic director was one of two incorporators of the company who produced the guide and was listed on the corporate website as the chief operating officer.
The former associate athletic director told investigators he bought the etiquette guides for the football team and denied his association with the company.
The athletic director, football coach, and director of football operations told investigators they were unaware of the purchase.
More than half of the football team remembered receiving the etiquette guide, however.
Investigators also found that athletic department staff purchased at least $34,084 in athletic shoes and sports apparel with the university's purchase credit.
According to a press release, MTSU had a contract with a sports and fitness company that provided a retail purchase credit that enabled coaches and athletic department staff to obtain free apparel and other items.
The investigation found that the Athletic Department didn't monitor nor track purchases to determine if they were made in accordance with the contract terms, or the university’s acceptable use practices.
To correct these issues, MTSU officials indicated that they are establishing new procedures.