Date of Award

2002

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Program

Sports and Athletics Administration

Department

School of Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Richard A. Young

Abstract

Nepotism is a dirty little word: Related individuals work together in entertainment, medicine, education and yes, even sports administration. This study proposes to identify the acceptance of relatives, by blood or by marriage, working together in NCAA Division II colleges in the southeastern United States. "Nepotism" is an arguably accurate descriptor of arrangements of relatives working together. However, the potential for real as well as asserted preferential treatment is shown to exist. Further, as the trend of couples working in the same discipline grows, whether or not a candidate accepts a position may be determined by the potential manager's acceptance of hiring relatives.

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