The Crimson Tide football team is coming under fire after self-reporting 19 different football violations. Most of these are minor, but they still raise questions for one of the largest and most successful football programs in the nation.
From CBS Sports:
The Friday 5 p.m. news dump was taken to a new level late Sunday before July 4th when Alabama athletics announced on its website that the program had self-reported 19 violations to the NCAA during the 2015-16 athletic season.
A former player “provided personal training” to a current player for free. Alabama responded with rules education and getting restitution paid to a charity.
“A trophy was temporarily placed in an area where prospects taking an official visit would be, which resulted in an impermissible recruiting decoration of that area.” Alabama once again provided rules education and then “declared prospects involved ineligible until reinstated by NCAA.”
A coach sent a recruiting text to a prospect at an incorrect time, resulting in the coach being banned from making recruiting calls for two weeks and the prospect not being contacted by the Tide for a month.
A coach called a prospect twice in a week. Alabama educated him on the rules, suspended him from calling any recruits for two weeks and held off on contacting the prospect in question for two weeks.
When you take a look into the actual details of the violations, none of them really jump out at you as being particularly egregious or menacing. It’s much better that Alabama is self-reporting these infractions, because trying and failing to get away with this many of them could have possibly resulted in far more severe sanctions from the NCAA. A few of the violations extended beyond football, with the swimming and track programs also committing minor infractions. I’d say merely competing in those sports constitutes an infraction of some sort in and of itself, but that’s just me.
Very interesting timing for Alabama to release this info. It seems that they dropped it on a Sunday night to avoid attention, but that backfired and caused it to be put under a spotlight. It’s the equivalent to having a one-hour phone conversation with your parents while away at college, but waiting until the last 30 seconds before dropping that info about how you got arrested for indecent exposure. They’re going to notice.
Here’s to hoping that Alabama gets the death penalty. Sending a text at an inappropriate time? Call in the dogs, this show is over..
[via CBS Sports]
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