Posted October 03, 2013

Report: Alabama strength coach placed on leave for loaning money to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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The University of Alabama suspended star safety HaHa Clinton-Dix for violating team rules yesterday. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Alabama suspended star safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for violating team rules yesterday. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

University of Alabama assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris was placed on administrative leave for providing illegal benefits to suspended safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, The Tuscaloosa News reports.

Alabama’s compliance office said Harris also had a connection to a representative of a sports agent.

According to the report, Harris made a short-term loan to Clinton-Dix in an amount of less than $500 at some point in the summer.

That is apparently a violation of NCAA Bylaw 16.11.2.2, which states that “an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletics interests may not provide a student-athlete with extra benefits or services, including, but not limited to … a loan of money.”

Alabama head coach Nick Saban indefinitely suspended Clinton-Dix, the team’s second-leading tackler, for a violation of team rules.

“I want to be consistent,” Saban said. “When guys get suspended, I never, ever say what it’s for. So I’m not going there. So don’t ask me. It’s the way it always happens. Every guy. If they do right, they wouldn’t be getting suspended. I don’t know for how long this will be, so don’t ask me that either.”


6 comments
PaulMeyerhoefer
PaulMeyerhoefer

Will Alabama have to forfeit the wins to date this year? My understanding is that a team must forfeit any game in which an ineligible player participates. If Clinton-Dix received an improper benefit he was, per se, an ineligible player. This certainly threatens the three-peat.


grizzlypete
grizzlypete

Just pay the players a stipend. They make millions for the university that they play for and tens of millions for the NCAA. The argument that the players are compensated with a scholarship is a lame argument. There is no connection between the mission the majority of any big time college football program with the academic mission of the same university. These kids are producers of revenue. The fact that they are students is below secondary. Just pay the players and end the hypocrisy. 

Choutsu
Choutsu

I'm sure that a program as big as Alabama is virtually impossible to keep 100% clean given the state NCAA Div.1 football is in right now, the give-me mindset of 18-21 year olds, and relentless agents. Love em or hate em, you have to give Bama credit for attempting to stay on top of any and every potential violation and not sweeping anything under rugs. Saban will suspend a star as quickly as a walk-on, and he doesn't do it just to make examples.

John52
John52

@PaulMeyerhoefer Most likely, he will be suspended, make restitution and the assistant strength coach will be fired.  Administrative suspension means fired, but your due process still has to run.

grizzlypete
grizzlypete

@Choutsu I hate Saban in the sports fan sense of the word "hate.". But I give him credit for taking care of this issue. Other coaches would work hard at hiding and covering up a similar issue if it happened at their school.