Ethics Comm. to rule on free H.S. coach passes

The Alabama Ethics Commission will decide whether it would violate Alabama's new ethics law for high school coaches to accept free passes when they accompany athletes to sports events where they are being recruited by a state university.

An advisory opinion will be released at a commission meeting next Wednesday.

Deborah Lane, assistant vice president for university relations at the University of Alabama, confirmed the university is seeking the clarification. She says the university will have no comment until after the commission's ruling.

The question posed by UA would be how the new ethics law would be applied since it prohibits public employees from accepting anything of value while performing their official duties.

James Sumner, executive director of the commission, says the law does not directly address the issue.

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