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Gators defensive tackle Terron Sanders said the coaches have only addressed the agent issue once.

“Everybody who’s here about business knows to stay away from them,” Sanders said Thursday. “We feel like anybody who wants to go off the road, veer off the path that we’re on, they don’t really want to be here. We addressed it, we left it at that and that’s how it’s going to be.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that Goodell was on the call, but had no further comment. NFLPA President Kevin Mawae also participated.

“We’ve had some good discussion and I’m hopeful that we can resolve the concerns many of us have,” Stoops said in a text message. “It’s premature to say much more. The conversation has begun and we’ll see where it goes from here.”

Ohio State football spokeswoman Shelly Poe said Tressel “told the staff it was a good opening discussion on the subject with the commissioner and the head of the NFLPA.”

NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said the main purpose of the call was to discuss ways to protect and educate athletes who are being pursued by agents.

“If we find that an agent has violated any rules and regulations that are in place then we will definitely enforce discipline upon those agents,” Francis said. “What that is, I don’t know. Decertification, suspension, fine, any of the above. It’s important to us to protect student-athletes becoming NFL players or who wish to become NFL players, and it’s important to protect players that are currently in the NFL.”

He noted that enforcement requires schools to have hard evidence pointing toward a specific agent.

“That call is one of many that will take place during the course of the year to try to better educate and inform student-athletes,” Francis said.

Saban emphasized the responsibility on the players to sidestep agents who offer improper inducements or contact.

“You would think that the player would know that if a professional person who is an agent is willing to break the rules to represent him, why does he think that the guy won’t break the rules if he isn’t representing him?” Saban said. “That’s the part that’s hard for me to fathom. As soon as a guy broke a rule, I would leave and say, ‘That guy’s not representing me. I don’t want anything to do with him. I’m not even going to call him back.’

“We need to control that, educate that and if the system fails, there has to be someone responsible for that as well.”


AP Sports Writers Jeff Latzke in Norman, Okla., Mark Long in Gainesville, Fla., Jim Vertuno in Austin, Texas, and Rusty Miller in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.