While it may not affect their season very much this year, the Alabama Crimson Tide recently self-reported multiple secondary violations to the NCAA. The violations occurred sometime over the last year or so and right now, the defending SEC champions don’t seem too worried.
According to College Football Talk, the Crimson Tide reported thirteen violations the team made between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014, five of them committed by the football team. The violations were reported to the NCAA on Friday afternoon.
The football team at Alabama were among the biggest of violators. Their violations have mostly to do with illegal involvement with prospects for the team during the recruitment process.
One violation has to do with one player promoting a commercial product through their social media account. The player has been reinstated by the NCAA after being declared ineligible. One player was awarded too much money in his football scholarship and was forced to repay the excess amount.
Another player was declared ineligible after a friend of his sold complimentary tickets. The friend asked to be put on the player’s pass list and received tickets to a Crimson Tide game last season and sold them. The friend has been banned from receiving complimentary tickets in the future.
DeSherrius Flowers was declared ineligible back in June and while it was not confirmed, he is said to be the subject of another Alabama violation. One player received aid and practiced with the team before he was later ruled to be a non-qualifier for financial aid.
The final Alabama violation reported had to do with an assistant coach. The coach inadvertently responded to a text message from a recruit. The coach was banned from talking with recruits for two weeks and Alabama was not allowed to make contact with the recruit in question for thirty days.
These violations will not affect the Crimson Tide’s situation and they will likely be cleared by the beginning of the season. It is was still an intimidating thing for Alabama fans to hear on a Fourth of July morning.
The Crimson Tide open their season on September 5 against Wisconsin in Arlington, Texas.
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