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SEC programs, law enforcement have long history

The Bobby Petrino saga has drawn attention to an often overlooked aspect of big-time college football: the relationship between coaches and the police who handle security for them.

Around the Southeastern Conference, providing sideline security for SEC programs is considered coveted duty. Some officers travel to away games, a cost paid for mostly by the schools. In can range from volunteer duty to part of the officer's regular schedule.

Arkansas State Police Captain Lance King, who provided security for Petrino at Razorback games, got the call from the coach when he wrecked his motorcycle. King was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Maj. Billy Mayes says the duty is "an honor" but the relationship with the coach "is strictly business."