M coach Dennis Franchione said he has stopped selling inside information on the Aggies in a newsletter to boosters who paid $1,200 per year in subscription fees that helped finance the coach's personal Web site.
About a dozen elite boosters subscribed for the past three years to the e-mail newsletter, called ``VIP Connection.'' It offered Franchione's candid assessments of players and specific injury information, details Franchione routinely declined to discuss publicly because, he would say, it is not ``our policy'' to disclose injuries.
Franchione made subscribers sign a confidentiality agreement and said he doesn't believe any of the inside information was used for gambling, the San Antonio Express-News reported in Friday editions after obtaining a copy of the newsletter through a ``third-party source.''
``We asked them to sign something,'' Franchione said. ``And for them not to do that. Most of these people are tremendously loyal Aggies.''
Athletic director Bill Byrne could not immediately be reached for comment by The Associated Press on Friday.
The newsletter was written by Mike McKenzie, Franchione's personal assistant. The two denied benefiting financially from the newsletter, although Franchione said proceeds were used to underwrite his personal Web site, coachfran.com.
In one newsletter, McKenzie wrote about six players being unavailable to play against Montana State and listed their specific injuries. A seventh player was ``iffy'' because he had not fully recovered from a mild concussion, according to the newsletter.
McKenzie also wrote about Franchione's assessment of the Aggies' wide receivers.
``Privately, Coach told me last night that Earvin (Taylor) and Pierre (Brown) are very steady but with average speed,'' McKenzie wrote. ``Kerry (Franks) has great speed, but (is) inconsistent in receiving.''
``The whole point of it was for them to be informed about the program, straight from the head coach,'' McKenzie said.
McKenzie referred to ``VIP Connection'' as ``private correspondence between a head coach and the individuals involved.''
Franchione, who makes about $2 million per year in a contract that runs through 2011, has offered refunds to the subscribers, McKenzie said.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

NCAAF Headlines

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss Prediction Are the Ole Miss Rebels a good bet to cover the small spread as a home underdog tonight against the Texas A&M Aggies? Kickoff for tonight's game is set for 7:00...
Thumbnail LSU vs. Tennessee Prediction Will the LSU Tigers cover the large point spread as a road favorite tonight when they take on a Tennessee Volunteers team that just fired head coach Butch Jones? Kickoff is...
Thumbnail Maryland vs. Michigan State Pick After being embarrassed last week, will No. 22 Michigan State be able to bounce back today when it takes on ...
Thumbnail Nebraska vs. Penn State Pick Is No. 13 Penn State giving up too many points at home when it takes on Nebraska later today at...
Thumbnail K-State vs. Oklahoma State Prediction Will the Kansas State Wildcats at least hang with the Oklahoma State Cowboys today when the Big 12 rivals meet at 3:30 p.m. ET?

NCAAF Team Pages