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Ethics Panel Says Passes For Coaches OK On Visits

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Ethics Commission says high school coaches accompanying prospects on recruiting trips to state colleges can receive free tickets to games under a new ethics law that prohibits public officials, including coaches, from receiving ``items of value.''

Reacting to a question from the University of Alabama, the ethics commission voted 5-0 Wednesday that it's OK for the coaches to receive free admission as long as they are at the game in an official capacity as a chaperone for the high school athlete. Officials at Auburn and other state schools had expressed an interest in the ethics commission ruling.

The executive director of the ethics commission, Jim Sumner, said the ruling requires coaches to follow NCAA rules for what is allowed during official visits by an athlete.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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