BYU football: Brandon Davies' suspension informing non-Mormon recruits

Published: Thursday, Aug. 4 2011 1:29 a.m. MDT

Recently, Mendenhall warned his players to be careful in this area.

"To say I know what they're doing, I don't know what they're doing. If (a player) sold his New Mexico Bowl football, I would have no idea," Mendenhall said. "We have rabid and passionate fans here that want access to our players. They want them to have them to dinner, they want them on their speed dial, they want to text them. They want to do all that.

"It drives me crazy. I don't understand it. I appreciate the interest, but I don't understand it. There's a huge push right now from myself as the head coach to educate and target those that might not be compliant and make them."

Mendenhall said he knows Tressel very well. "I actually visited his program because I thought his program was run at such a high level."

The coach added that this problem with boosters is widespread.

"To say anyone in the country doesn't have a similar issue, I think we all have it. I'm doing everything I know how to try to help those who think they're helping realize they're hurting."

email: jeffc@desnews.com

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