10 schools pay for troopers to protect coaches

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Eight public and two private universities in Alabama have paid the state Department of Public Safety more than $38,000 for state troopers who protect their football coaches.

A department spokeswoman, Martha Earnhardt, said the troopers are used only during football season.

The 10 schools whose coaches receive trooper protection are Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Auburn University, Jacksonville State University, Samford University, Troy University, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama, University of North Alabama and the University of West Alabama.

Some schools supplement security for coaches with campus police officers.

Earnhardt said she did not know what each school paid for the trooper service. But she said the schools reimburse the department for expenses such as out-of-state travel, meals and lodging.

--- Information from: The Huntsville Times, http://www.al.com/hsvtimes/hsv.html

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