NCAA Verdict Rougher Than Expected
“This is not going to affect their future or the players we are recruiting." Nick Saban
By: BE Coleman
Wednesday’s release from the NCAA to the University of Alabama was a bit rougher than fully expected. Certainly, there were notations that made it permissible thought for some type of additional sanction.
Alabama escaped the most worrisome penalty that will see no scholarship losses; they will see no post season activity bans imposed.
Some details were offered up; some were not when the day was done. Head coach Nick Saban responded from his Nick’s Kids Charity Golf Tourney late Thursday.
“This is not going to affect their future or the players we are recruiting," said Saban.
Alabama’s self imposed suspensions did not serve enough measure for the committee when the final infraction verdict was concluded, that was due to the total number of athletic programs involved.
Wording from a May 2008 letter sent to the school did indicate there were indications that all was not well. The notification by the NCAA to Alabama stated, “the potential for major violations – by failing monitor student athletes,” could render it as a major violation.
Regarded as a “repeat offender,” by the NCAA Committee on Infractions (COI) did not help the Crimson Tide’s cause when the program responded to the NCAA inquiry with a 67 page explanation.
It was clear when the Thursday press conference was held, the committee looked back to incidents in 1992, 2002 and the three year span from 2005, 06, 07 when their verdict was read to the media.
The loss of games reflection for the football program dated a 1995 verdict rendered from the ’93 season, when it was discovered that Antonio Langham was charged with receiving improper benefits after signing with an agent following the 1992 season.
Alabama saw 12 wins removed that mimics this ruling for 10 games (not an official confirmation) to be removed for this current incident.
Since there were no recruiting violations involved in this incident, the 2002 verdict that saw both football and basketball involved did not follow previous precedence and thus was not inherited into this verdict.
The ’02 incident with Logan Young and Albert Means opened up additional incidents when then Florida coach Steve Spurrier, opened Pandora’s Box and left former head coach Phillip Fulmer holding the bag.
The three year probationary period is reflective to the time span that the incidents were regarded as “not being monitored,” during 05, 06, 07.
While some fans are venting, some are not and are relieved the penalties were not as stiff when projections first began. Yet it does have the programs backers looking directly southeast to Tallahassee, Florida.
The Crimson Tide contingency fully expects the same measure, if not stronger is levied against Florida State in their “test cheating scandal,” that is on appeal.
“If we lose wins, they should also noted a fan awaiting his turn to speak to radio personality Paul Finebaum.
Alabama may or may not choose to appeal this verdict, school president Robert Witt and AD Mal Moore encouraged all Crimson Tide fans to look forward and to not dwell upon this incident.
Moore said they will look into an appeal, but offered no indication other than Witt’s words that, “they were disappointed,” and “were happy,” to draw conclusions of any future processes on this verdict.
The end result is that Alabama will have to follow all compliance and regulation rules very carefully over the next three years.
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