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Price Meets Ala. Officials Over Reports

May 1, 2003

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) _ Alabama coach Mike Price met with school officials Thursday amid reports he spent hundreds of dollars at a topless bar the night before a woman charged more than $1,000 in food and drinks to his hotel room bill.

His future at Alabama could be decided at a trustees meeting Saturday. University president Robert Witt called for the meeting ``to present and discuss his decision regarding Price’s status as head football coach.″

Price was hired away from Washington State in December and has yet to coach a game with the Crimson Tide.

Witt and athletic director Mal Moore met with the coach. Witt said he hoped ``to bring closure to this situation as soon as possible.″

``This review involves careers and lives, and it has been imperative that it be thorough,″ the president said.

This could be another black mark on a football program that has won six national championships but is now on NCAA probation.

Price came under university scrutiny after spending time at a nightclub in Pensacola, Fla., last month while in town for a pro-am golf tournament.

``He was here and he was a perfect gentleman,″ club owner Arety Kapetanis told The Associated Press. ``He did not leave with anyone from our club.″

Price bought some drinks for himself and dancers, Kapetanis said, adding: ``He did not appear to be or act intoxicated. It was good, clean fun.″

The next morning, a woman in a hotel room registered to Price ordered more than $1,000 in food and drinks _ one of everything on the menu, Andrea Wright, assistant manager of the Crown Plaza Grand Royal, told the Montgomery Advertiser.

Dale Peterson, manager of the hotel, declined comment when contacted by The Associated Press.

The Mobile Register, quoting four workers at the Crowne Plaza who did not want to be identified, said the woman wanted the food to go.

The hotel contacted Price about the unusual order, and he returned later in the day and paid the bill after the woman left, the Register said. She was not allowed to leave with the order.

The 57-year-old Price is married and has two sons on his coaching staff. He declined comment Wednesday.

A dancer, ``Destiny″ Stahl, told The Birmingham News that Price spent about $200 on her but nothing happened beyond dancing.

Kapetanis said Stahl, who works the day shift, was still on duty when Price left and was picked up by her husband. Price, however, returned later that night with some friends.

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