Ath­letes need to fol­low rules, coaches say

Agents aren’t alone in blame, Chizik, Dooley claim

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

HOOVER, Ala. — Ten­nessee coach Derek Dooley and Auburn’s Gene Chizik both say the onus isn’t just on agents to fol­low the rules and that col­lege ath­letes know the dif­fer­ence be­tween right and wrong.

“A lot of this has got to go back to the young guy,” Chizik said Fri­day. “He’s got to have an al­le­giance to his school. He’s got to have an al­le­giance to his team­mates. He’s got to have an al­le­giance to his coaches and to his uni­ver­sity. The bot­tom line is, I think ev­ery­body prob­a­bly does a re­ally good job of try­ing to ed­u­cate their kids.

“If they know right from wrong and they choose to do wrong, then they don’t re­ally have an al­le­giance to the peo­ple that I just men­tioned. They know right from wrong.”

It was a slightly dif­fer­ent mes­sage from the first two days of the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence me­dia days, when coaches were on the at­tack against un­scrupu­lous sports agents.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing at Alabama, Ge­or­gia, South Carolina and Florida for al­leged im­proper con­tact, along with North Carolina. The rash of is­sues led Crim­son Tide coach Nick Sa­ban to liken the ac­tions of those rogue agents to the be­hav­ior of a pimp.

Dooley and Chizik both said the ath­letes are will­ing par­tic­i­pants.

“At the end of the day, it’s the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the player to not take it,” Dooley said. “And I don’t know any other way to put it. It’s a re­spon­si­bil­ity of the player that if some-

butch Dill

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