Athletes need to follow rules, coaches say
Agents aren’t alone in blame, Chizik, Dooley claim
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-