Coach responds to student newspaper thefts

Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce football coach Guy Morriss apologized to the university and to the editor of the East Texan Friday for the behavior of his team, and his quoted statements.

"I do not condone theft or any criminal offense on the part of me, my staff, or the members of my team," Morriss said. "The comments I made regarding the removal of the school newspapers as a 'team building exercise' were made facetiously, not to be taken seriously or literally."

According to Athletic Director Carlton Cooper the football program has offered to pay for the reprint of the missing edition of the East Texan, with players and coaches distributing it to the campus newsstands.

"I am appreciative and sincerely grateful for the support of President Dan Jones and members of the administration who know me personally, and know the true content of my character," Morriss said. "I apologize for making light of actions that showed a lapse in judgment. For that I am truly remorseful."