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Clarification to Thursday column on DUI

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Content provided by John Clay’s Sidelines.

This morning for the print product, wrote column on UK football coach Joker Phillips and his approach to the recent DUI charge of wide receiver Matt Roark.

In the column, I said that UK’s disciplinary policy on such matters was left up to the individual coach.

UK sports information director Tony Neely informed me this morning that the athletic department does have an across-the-board policy in dealing with DUIs that calls for a suspension of 10 percent of an athlete’s season. In the case of football, that would be one game.

It is then up to the discretion of the coach if he or she wants to add to the penalty, said Neely.

As I said in the column, I’m not criticizing Phillips handling of the Matt Roark situation. It is Joker’s first time handling such a situation as a head coach, and we’ll see how it goes. Plus, UK football has been fortunate enough to avoid this sort of issue of late. But I did want to point out the seriousness of the matter, as illustrated by what happened with the death of football player Artie Steinmetz and his friend Scott Brock back in 1998.

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