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December 9, 1989

HOUSTON (AP) _ Johnny Rodgers, the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner, and another man allegedly approached Andre Ware’s mother last weekend about representing the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Houston.

Houston athletic director Rudy Davalos said he immediately reported the incident to the university and the state of Texas.

″We feel some individuals made contact and did some things they were not supposed,″ Davalos said Friday. ″We reported it to the proper authorities.″

Davalos would not name the men involved.

A Texas law passed in 1987 bars agents from signing players with college eligibility. Any agent who does not register with the state and makes contact with a player who has eligibility could be found guilty of a misdemeanor, but there are no provisions in the law regarding an agent contacting an athlete’s family.

Joyce Ware attended the Dec. 2 announcement of the Heisman winner in New York while her son was playing Rice at Houston.

She identified one of the men who approached her as Rodgers, the former Nebraska star. She said the other man’s name was Howard Manley.

″I didn’t know Rodgers would do anything like that, a former Heisman winner,″ she said.

Rodgers was not at his Nebraska home and could not immediately be reached for comment by The Associated Press.

Ware repeatedly has said he plans to play his senior year at Houston and obtain his degree.

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