The Bobby Petrino saga has drawn attention to an often overlooked aspect of big-time college football: the relationship between coaches and the police who handle security for them.
Around the Southeastern Conference, providing sideline security for SEC programs is considered coveted duty. Some officers travel to away games, a cost paid for mostly by the schools. It can range from volunteer duty to part of the officer’s regular schedule.
Arkansas State Police Captain Lance King, who provided security for Petrino at Razorback games, got the call from the coach’s phone when he wrecked his motorcycle.
King was cleared of any wrongdoing and it’s not unusual for marquee college coaches to have at least a casual relationship with the law enforcement officials who work with the program.
In the Petrino case, the coach felt comfortable enough with King to have the officer handle the crucial minutes after the crash.
Since the incident, Petrino has been fired with cause in the wake of explosive details of the crash and attempted cover-up, including lying about details of the accident, infidelity and workplace favoritism.
CLEMSON: Running back Andre Ellington has undergone surgery to remove scar tissue from an earlier operation on his ankle.
The school said Thursday the operation had been planned for some time. Ellington won’t play in the team’s spring game Saturday, although he is expected to be ready for summer workouts and the regular season.
CENTRAL FLORIDA: Officials from the university will be in Indianapolis today for a hearing with the NCAA to determine whether the school’s self-imposed penalties are sufficient following an investigation into major recruiting violations within its football and basketball programs.
A delegation from UCF that includes President John Hitt and new athletic director Todd Stansbury will appear before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions two months after implementing several penalties in response the allegations.