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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Fox in the hen house?

It's bad enough for LSU to have to bust runners for agents. But when the runners are employees of the athletic department, then there is a bigger issue here.

Today, LSU police said they had arrested Travelle Gaines, 26, an assistant strength coach at LSU and charged him with violating a state law by inviting student-athletes to his home to meet a sports agent. Gaines had been employed at LSU in the athletic department since July.

You might think it would be common sense for athletic department employees to know they can set up a meeting with student-athletes and agents. Apparently that's not the case.

If you're an LSU fan, you've got to hope this is an isolated incident and not a tip of the iceberg.

But if you're scoring at home, LSU is beginning to take on the familiar look of Crazy Days at LSU - from the baseball investigation, Bertman's camp audit and now athletic department employees accused of helping agents.

It would probably help LSU athletic director Skip Bertman to meet with his employees and go over the basics before the embarrassment grows.


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