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Phillip's blog: It's a good thing for AU that

I'm thinking it's a good thing athletics director Jay Jacobs decided not to hire Turner Gill as Auburn's head football coach. And it has nothing to do with losing to North Dakota State or anything else that has or will happen on the football field.

Phillip Marshall, Senior Editor,

Get this: Gill has imposed a rule on the Kansas football team that no player is to be in the presence of a woman after 10 p.m. on any night. Period. No exceptions. When I heard about it, I thought it was joke or a mistake of some sort. It is neither.

Your girlfriend having a birthday dinner with her parents? Reservations at 9? If you are a Kansas football player, forget it unless the reservations are at McDonald's. Your best friend from high school happens to be a female? You're a math whiz and she wants you to help her study? You look up and it's 11 p.m.? You better hope you don't run across a football coach.

College football coaches - lots of them anyway - are control freaks. They impose all kinds of rules that don't make a lot of sense other than showing they are in charge. They have rules about hair, jewelry, clothes. Most of them are fairly harmless. But Gill takes it to a new level. He takes away players' cell phones the nights before games. That's silly.

But no girls after 10 p.m.? On any night? That's beyond silly. It's sick. And it's sad that a football coach believes he has any right to that kind of control over anyone's life. I predict it will be the most-broken rule in the history of college football. And Gill has handed his opponents a ready-made recruiting tool. Not even the strictest of parents would attempt to tell a 21-year-old college student - an adult - or even an 18-year-old that he couldn't be with a female after 10 p.m.

By all accounts, Gill is an impressive guy. He had one good season at Buffalo, became a hot coaching candidate and landed at Kansas.. He finished second to Gene Chizik in Auburn's search for a head coach in 2008.

Good for Auburn. Bad for Kansas and for the men who play football there.

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