Monday, September 17, 2007

From the folks who brought us Ward Churchill

The Tallahassee paper reports:

"A 'Southern-type thing'

Billy Smith has been providing Florida State head coaches with on-field security since 1964. The sight of the retired Florida Highway patrolman on the sideline in uniform with a gun in his holster is just a part of Florida State football.

That practice, however, isn't to the liking of the University of Colorado, which according to Smith told him he couldn't be in uniform and could not have a gun. Smith said that was before FSU President T.K. Wetherell stepped in, talked to his Colorado counterpart and reached an agreement for Smith to be there on Saturday night.

“They allow their highway patrol, sheriff's office, police department and campus police but not the visiting trooper,” Smith said. “One of their people told me, 'Oh, you do the Southern-type thing.' ”

It's the first time Smith encountered the problem."

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