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Like many SEC coaches, Stoops doesn’t want players to own hand guns

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops
Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops

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.

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.