J-students probe coaches’ car deals

Kent State journalism professor Karl Idsvoog had students in his computer-assisted reporting class examine the car policies of several college athletic departments. They found a Central Michigan University document that tells coaches how to communicate with car dealers. (Coaches there get free cars.)

Employees with cars … must call, email and write a thank you note to the dealer every four months; have “personal contact” with their dealer every six months; and “provide dealer with gear from your program once per year.”

How coaches should treat car dealers, according to Central Michigan University:

* Cars for Coaches (A Kent State journalism class investigation)