Auburn University’s football program has hired private security to keep players from breaking curfew, but the school is reluctant to disclose details of the contract.
“Curfews are a common practice on the evenings before games but Auburn instituted a nightly curfew, a far more rare practice, and the use of paid personnel from a private security firm to assist in enforcing a curfew may be unprecedented,” the Montgomery Advertiser reported Wednesday.
An Event Operations Group, Inc. (EOG) regional manager, told the Advertiser that it has contracted with Auburn to visit players' homes to make sure they're in-house by 11 p.m. The company referred questions about the details of the contract, like the number of security personnel, level of training, and compensation to Auburn’s athletic department.
A spokesperson for the athletic department said by phone Friday that the school didn’t have immediate plans to release those details, but I was welcome to send a public records request.
EOG has two separate divisions: an event management division that provides ushers, guest services, and parking attendants and a security division that includes an executive protection contingent and narcotics and bomb detection dogs.
The company’s Web site lists NASCAR, ESPN, Fox Sports, SPEED Channel, and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as past clients. Auburn hired the firm after a player’s arrest for public intoxication.
The team "has endured multiple high-profile off-field incidents since winning the 2010 national championship, including the arrest of four players for armed robbery in 2011 and the tragic fatal shooting of two former Tigers at an off-campus housing complex," CBS Sports reports.
“We always do what’s in the best interest of our team,” Auburn football coach Gene Chizik told the Advertiser. “We have a curfew check and we have to employ people to help us with some of the kids off campus. Other than that I’m not going into any details of any of that.
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