In Cuonzo Martin, that's what they're expecting to receive. Though it isn't entirely violation free, Martin's track record indicates a history of compliance and fluid communication with his administrators when potential mishaps cropped up.
Martin's three years at Missouri State produced just two self-reported secondary violations involving the men's basketball program, according to documents obtained by the News Sentinel through an open records request.
Only one of the violations directly involved Martin and his staff and both were considered involuntary.
Martin received a letter of admonishment from Missouri State after he and members of his coaching staff observed a prospective student-athlete participating in an open gym session. NCAA bylaw 22.214.171.124 prohibits members of a coaching staff from watching a prospective athlete go through workouts while he's visiting the school.
Martin and his staff stopped recruiting the player, whose name was not provided in the documents, and he also attended a "rules education session."
Missouri State's sports information staff violated NCAA bylaw 13.10.5 when it set up interviews with five basketball players who, per NCAA legislation, still were considered to be prospective student-athletes. The sports information staff attended a rules education session with the school's compliance office.
Under former men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl, the UT men's basketball program is accused of committing 10 major NCAA violations. Since the NCAA delivered its Notice of Inquiry in September, Pearl and members of his staff committed at least two more violations. Two weeks after UT received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA in February, Pearl and his staff provided too many tickets to a player for the regular season finale against Kentucky.
Pearl and his three assistants -Tony Jones, Steve Forbes and Jason Shay - were fired three days after the Vols were eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Martin will make $1.3 million annually over the next five years, according to the Memorandum of Understanding he signed with UT. He is eligible for a two-year extension after a 24-month review. His initial, five-year term will be extended year-for-year based upon the number of years UT receives one of the following from the NCAA: restrictions on recruiting, ban on postseason play or a reduction of one or more scholarships.