If you were following along on the Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference on Wednesday, there was a familiar line of questioning about whether or not coaches allow their players to own guns.
Whether they’re legally permitted firearms or not, Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops said he has a firm policy.
“We do not allow any hand guns,” he said. “I’ve made it very clear to them that I do not want them owning a hand gun, even if they have a legal permit for it. They obviously can never have a hand gun on campus, but I make it my policy to tell them no guns and come explain to me why they may need a gun because we definitely should not need a gun living in Lexington, Ky. So, that’s my policy.”
Several of the SEC’s coaches seemed to have a similar answer for Matthew Stevens, the Auburn beat writer for the Montgomery Advertiser, who is working on an enterprise story about the subject.
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Auburn defensive back Stephen Roberts was arrested with a handgun recently, which helped spur the line of questioning. Roberts reportedly has been suspended for at least the season opener.