Two former University of Texas football coaches said they lent small amounts of money to players, actions they knew violated NCAA rules.
Ken Dabbs, recruiting coordinator until November 1984 and now special assistant to the athletic director, told the Austin (Tex.) American-Statesman he gave less than $100 to all-America linebacker Jeff Leiding, who was being held in the city jail, to pay off traffic tickets three years ago.
"I couldn't leave him there overnight," Dabbs said. "Did I know it was against the rules? Yes."
Both Dabbs and Leiding said the loan was repaid within a week.
Dabbs also said he referred players to loan officers at two Austin banks several times.
David McWilliams, former Longhorn defensive coordinator and now head coach at Texas Tech, said he lent money to players even though he knew it broke an NCAA rule.
He said the only specific case he could remember was giving $80 to a player who had flunked out and needed to pay off traffic tickets before he could get his transcript.
"I did, in some instances, loan some other guys money if it was an emergency, but we're not talking about a lot of times or a lot of money," McWilliams said.
He said he did not know if Texas' head coach, Fred Akers, knew . . .
Southwest Conference Commissioner Fred Jacoby says he wants to get boosters out of the recruiting process and make it difficult for them to contact college players.
In the past year, seven of the league's nine schools have been given NCAA penalties, have been the subject of NCAA or internal investigations or have been accused of violating NCAA rules. "It has been a very slow, agonizing and wrenching period," Jacoby told The Houston Post.
Jacoby spearheaded the SWC's attempt to get alumni and booster contact with recruits eliminated during January's NCAA convention in New Orleans. The proposition failed to come to a vote. "One common thread seems to run through all of this . . . the involvement of boosters and alums," he said.