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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

April 21, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Clarifying Pathon’s status

My item a couple of weeks ago on former UW receiver Jerome Pathon being back in school and helping out with the team brought a couple of questions about exactly what is legal for him to do.
Turns out he can’t do any on-field coaching, as the Huskies have since learned the hard way.
In fact, thinking that there may have been an inadvertent breaking of the rule regarding having too many coaches on the field at one time, the Huskies are going to issue a self-report of a secondary violation involving Pathon.
Pathon, a receiver at UW from 1995-97, is back in school to finish his undergraduate degree. He wanted to help out with the football program and is working as what is called a “student assistant.”
However, since his eligibility has run out, he can not do any on-field coaching during practices. He can chart plays and carry a clipboard and do that sort of thing, but he can’t do any hands-on working with the players.
A UW official, however, says that may have innocently happened — apparently, some players may have approached Pathon and he complied. After getting a clarification of the rule, the Huskies decided to issue the self-report of the violation. A school spokesman says head coach Steve Sarkisian was the one who approached the UW compliance department to say that an error may have occurred.
The rules regarding coaches are covered under Bylaw, Article11 in the NCAA Manual, which you can find here. To work with the players on the field, Pathon would have to be a graduate assistant. But UW already has each of those two spots filled (he’d also have to be in graduate school, which he is not).
Sarkisian has been especially receptive to former players coming back and being around the team. Former safety Lawyer Milloy attended a practice last week but his main interaction was to speak to the team, which is allowed.

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