University of Texas football coaches routinely doled out small amounts of money to players who said they needed it and had nowhere else to go according to the Dallas Morning News. NCAA rules forbid athletes from receiving benefits beyond tuition, room, board and books.

Sixteen former Texas football players said they knew they could go to football coaches when they had money problems, and nine claimed they received cash, bank loans, bail money or promises of a loan from Texas coaches, the newspaper reported.

Of 28 former players interviewed, 15 specifically mentioned Ken Dabbs, Texas recruiting coordinator, 1975-84, the newspaper reported. Former defensive coordinator David McWilliams, now head coach at Texas Tech, was also named. Dabbs could not be reached for comment. McWilliams said he does not remember the incidents.

Texas head Coach Fred Akers said he did not believe that any Texas coaches would give players money . . .

Rockey Felker, named Mississippi State football coach in January, ran two "help wanted" ads in the campus newspaper and drew 23 walk-ons. "There are guys out there that don't have the super ability but who are overachievers," said Felker, "and deserve a chance." After three practice days last week, all the walk-ons are still around . . .

The Citrus Bowl executive committee expects by the end of the week to firm up a four-year agreement with ABC-TV to televise the Citrus Bowl with a noon kickoff on New Year's Day, the Orlando Sentinel reported.