Alabama Awaiting NCAA Verdict
“I would say relatively soon," notes AD Mal Moore.
By: BE Coleman
The University of Alabama is bracing for an NCAA ruling regarding the Crimson Tide’s player textbook scandal incident that was uncovered in 2007.
Crimson Tide AD Mal Moore, speaking in Huntsville, AL said the school is expecting to hear soon from the NCAA. “I would say relatively soon," noted Moore.
The greatest issue is that Alabama is a multiple repeat offender, which has many sitting uneasily, awaiting the final verdict outcome that is most bothersome.
It is hoped, since they are not repeat violations pertaining to recruiting, that the self imposed penalties by the university will be acceptable to the NCAA.
However, as stated in a 2008 notification by the NCAA to Alabama, “the potential for major violations – by failing to monitor student athletes,” could render it as a major violation.
Upon discovery of the incident, found first year coach Nick Saban suspending five players immediately for four games in 2007.
Saban believes the actions taken by Alabama are sufficient despite rumors that the NCAA should make stiffer ruling.
“We suspended (all of them) for four games,” said Saban. “We were told at the time that’s the penalty they should endure.”
Starting center Antoine Caldwell, starting running back Glenn Coffee, DB’s Marquis Johnson and Chris Rogers along with O-Lineman Marlon Davis were suspended by Saban.
The textbook grab involved the 2005, 06, 07 seasons where athletes had purchased textbooks and other supplies for other students with athletics department funding.
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