Auburn football coach Pat Dye says accusations that he used improper recruiting tactics to try to lure a highly recruited prep star are the first in more than 20 years of coaching and he doesn't "like the feeling."
Meanwhile, Alabama coach Bill Curry dodged the question of whether he notified the Southeastern Conference office about the claims.Dye, speaking Thursday night to the Huntsville-Madison County Auburn Club, didn't seem concerned about the allegations.
"It'll be over in a couple of weeks," he said, smiling. "And I'll still be the football coach at Auburn."
But, he added, "This is the first time in 23 years of coaching that I've been accused of breaking the rules, and I don't like the feeling."
Dye and one of his top assistants, Bud Casey, have denied allegations about their attempted recruiting of Charlie Dare, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive lineman from Enterprise High School. Dare eventually signed with Alabama.
Dare allegedly was promised by Auburn that his grades and American College Test score would be high enough to meet NCAA standards and assure eligibility this fall.