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Spurrier says coaches have to trust players

Coaches can't monitor players constantly, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said at a Southeastern Conference media day in Hoover, Ala.

Sometimes coaches have to trust players to wait until after their final game to take money.

His remarks came in response to questions about an NCAA investigation of several programs after an agent’s party in Miami.

Spurrier said tight end Weslye Saunders told him he didn’t do anything wrong. Spurrier said he doesn’t know all the details but the question is who paid for the trip for Saunders and other players, including Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus.

The NCAA is also investigating Georgia and North Carolina.

Alabama coach Nick Saban wants the NFL to punish rogue agents, and Spurrier agrees the league “ought to be a little bit more active and help out in that regard.”

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