In an effort to keep NFL scouts from selling information about his players to sports agents, Georgia Tech football coach Bobby Ross is restricting the access scouts have to Tech players. Ross, the former Maryland coach, wrote to all 28 NFL teams recently to outline the new policy.
Sports agents Lloyd Bloom and Norby Walters, whose policy of putting undergraduates under contract is being investigated by a federal grand jury in Chicago, have said they paid some NFL scouts for information about prospects.
Gil Brandt, vice president of the Dallas Cowboys, said Ross, in his letter to the scouts, said, "Please do not visit any of our players. Please do not enter the locker room. I want to emphasize that if you do visit, any information that is gathered is confidential and is to remain only in your organization."
"It's an offshoot of the Bloom thing," Brandt said. "It's disturbing because Bobby Ross, for example, is one of the great people of all time for the NFL and NFL scouts."
"It's the first time I've ever sent anything out to the clubs," Ross said. "I don't know if it's a drastic change. I still plan on being pretty cooperative. But, because of some of the things that have been reported, we wanted to spell it out" . . .
Virginia Tech is discussing the possibility of a three-game football series with Oklahoma, according to a story in the Roanoke Times & World News. Officials at Virginia Tech and Oklahoma said discussions began this spring.
The talks were initiated by former Virginia Tech athletic director D.T. (Dutch) Baughman and Oklahoma's athletic director, Donnie Duncan, said John Underwood, an assistant athletic director at Oklahoma. Underwood said the talks began when the Sooners were left with a vacant date on their 1988 schedule when SMU dropped out in the wake of NCAA penalties.
Virginia Tech's 1988 schedule could not be rearranged to accommodate a game at Oklahoma, according to Danny Monk, an associate athletic director at the school, but Monk said talks between the two schools are continuing regarding a series in the 1990s.