(Eds: Updates throughout with detail, quotes. With AP Photos.) By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer The legal problems of current and former SEC players - from ex-Florida and NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez to LSU running back Jeremy Hill - cast a negative light on the league that has won seven consecutive national championships.
It also highlights the challenges - and responsibilities - facing coaches who must weigh a player's talent vs. the potential for trouble in or out of the locker room.
The biggest spotlight by far has been on Hernandez, who's pleaded not guilty to murder in the killing of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
More pertinent to the upcoming season is Hill's uncertain status while facing a misdemeanor simple battery charge from an April 27 scuffle in a bar parking lot.
Coaches at Southeastern Conference media days this week insisted they do their best to keep players behaving, which benefits the team, the players and the men paid millions to win in a powerho...