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Guy Morriss: No News is Good News.

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Guy Morris has coached in the SEC (Kentucky) and the Big 12 (Baylor).

Lately he has taken a step down from those days -- he is the head coach of the Div. II Texas A&M-Commerce Lions. While the spotlight isn't as bright in Commerce as it was in Lexington, or even Waco, Morris has at least found an effective method to deal with the press when they have a negative story about his team -- steal all the copies of the campus newspaper.

Two of Morriss' players were caught in a drug sting after a visiting recruit became sick while smoking marijuana in a campus apartment. Lions players Dionte Garrett and Deandre’ Bowers were arrested Feb. 19 after several bags of marijuana, pills and other drug paraphernalia were found in an apartment on campus. The arrests were duly noted in the University newpaper.

Early the next morning several Lions players went through campus and took every edition they could find in the newspaper racks. A couple of the players were even caught on tape taking the papers in front of the campus police station.

When confronted by the police about his players actions, Morriss said, "I’m proud of my players for doing that. This was the best team building exercise we have ever done."

Morriss remained unrepentant, even in a meeting with University President Dan Jones. Morriss said he would not make any apologies for the team, and they would suffer the consequences as a team, since the team committed the action.

Morriss' immediate boss, Athletics Director (and form UT basketball star) Carleton Cooper had little doubt as to who the ringleader was.

"I don’t think they (the players) are smart enough to do this on their own," said Cooper.