Amarillo, Texas - Since the NCAA would not make any comments on the incident or protocol, NewsChannel 10 spoke with other university athletic directors to find out more.
Fellow Lone Star Conference athletic director, Charlie Carr, says he believes all the right courses of action are taking place at West Texas A&M University.
Universities first conduct an investigation themselves before submitting any possible violations to the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Carr says the most important thing is to do what is right for a university, including staff termination if needed. We asked if he felt Carthel's sudden termination was justified in this situation.
"It's not really for me to say what's abrupt or not. I think both Michael McBroom and Dr. O'Brien are trying to do what's best for the university itself, and I'm sure the two of them are making a decision that was in that best interest," Carr said.
Carr went on to say that action by universities is needed to show the NCAA they are performing efficiently.
Standards of Honesty and Sportsmanship (Bylaw 10.01.1) – Individuals employed by (or associated with) a member institution to administer, conduct or coach intercollegiate athletics and all participating student-athletes shall act with honesty and sportsmanship at all times so that intercollegiate athletics as a whole, their institutions and they, as individuals shall represent the honor and dignity of fair play and the generally recognized high standards associate with wholesome competitive sports.
Unethical Conduct (Bylaw 10.1) – Unethical conduct by a prospective or enrolled student-athlete or a current or former institutional staff member may include, but is not limited to, the following:
• Refusal to furnish information relevant to an investigation of a possible violation of an NCAA regulation when requested to do so by the NCAA or the individual's institution;
• Knowing involvement in arranging for fraudulent academic credit or false transcripts for a prospective or an enrolled student-athlete;
• Knowing involvement in offering or providing a prospective or enrolled student-athlete an improper inducement or extra benefit or improper financial aid;
• Knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual's institution false or misleading information concerning the individual's involvement in or knowledge or matters relevant to a possible violation of an NCAA regulation;
• Receipt of benefits by an institutional staff member for facilitation or arranging a meeting between a student-athlete and an agent, financial advisor or a representative of an agent of advisor (e.g., "runner")
• Knowing involvement in providing a banned substance or impermissible supplement to student-athletes, or knowingly providing medications to student-athletes contrary to medical licensure, commonly accepted standards of care in sports practice, or state or federal law.