University of Alabama head football coach Bill Curry has notified NFL personnel directors that his team's practices will be closed to pro scouts this season, according to a published report.
The Atlanta Constitution said it obtained a copy of the letter, dated Aug. 6, which cited recent developments regarding the sale of scouting information to player agents as Curry's reason. Curry, however, told NFL officials that spring football practice next year will be open for an unspecified two-week period.
But beginning this fall, Curry said, no pro scouts will be allowed to attend practice.
"I think the reason is obvious," Curry told the newspaper.
"We've learned that certain NFL scouts are selling information about players to agents. That means every time we let a guy on the field and he spots a good freshman, he can sell information to some agent who doesn't feel like he has any restrictions due to NCAA rules and the kid can be flooded with the opportunity to take 'two or three grand' and lose his eligibility," he said . . .
Parnell Sylvio, a walk-on tailback at Indiana University, died of an apparent stroke after collapsing during the first day of football practice.
Sylvio, a 6-foot, 200-pound junior who transferred to Indiana from Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y., had completed test runs of 880 and 440 yards, with a 10-minute break in between, when he complained he was not feeling well. After being transported from the track to the nearby football field, Sylvio collapsed about 8:45 a.m. EST. Sylvio was taken to Bloomington Hospital, where he died at about 6 p.m. . . .
University of Miami defensive tackle Dan Sileo will not be allowed to practice until his disputed eligibility is decided, school officials announced.
Sileo, a senior from Stamford, Conn., was slated as a starter for the Hurricanes this season after playing well late last season. But he may have used up the last of the five years of eligibility the NCAA allows from the time a student begins to attend college classes full time.
The problem cropped up late last month when a University of Maryland official told Johnson he didn't think Sileo has any remaining eligibility. Maryland maintains that Sileo began as a full-time student in 1982-83 at the University of Maryland-University College, an adjunct to the main campus at College Park.
Doug Johnson, a Miami associate athletic director, said the school could be punished for allowing him to practice if doesn't have any eligibility remaining. . . .
A Virginia Tech official said he expects a probe of NCAA violations in the school's basketball program to be completed as early as next week.
The investigation began in mid-March after former players alleged wrongdoing to campus police. The university administration notified the NCAA that it was looking into the program and turned the investigation over to Chicago attorneys Mike Slive and Mike Glazier, former NCAA staffers who are familiar with the rules of college athletics' governing body.
Ray Smoot, the university treasurer and interim athletic director, said he spoke with the lawyers earlier this week. "They said they're putting the finishing touches on it," Smoot said.