Everyone knows that Joe Namath finally completed college yesterday when he walked at Alabama’s graduation ceremony. Well, if ya missed it on tv last night. Here it is. Broadway Joe gets quite an ovation. Yes, it is a slow news week for the Deuce. Leave us alone, its holiday time and we’re mad busy. I like the end of the video where he’s taking pictures, we know he’s not drunk b/c he’s not hitting on the fattie next to him.
Alabama is investigating itself for potential violations of NCAA rules governing the distribution of free textbooks to athletes. “Student-athletes” are not supposed to receive more textbooks than are required for their coursework.
Alabama starting offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell and Marlon Davis, tailback Glen Coffee and defensive backs Marquis Johnson and Chris Rogers were suspended for Alabama’s 41-17 victory over Tennessee on Saturday. University officials said the suspensions involved impermissible receipt of textbooks.
Saban responded by saying that the players used “poor judgment”. However he didn’t stop there.
Head coach Nick Saban said Monday the players used “poor judgment,” but that the university’s textbook distribution system for athletes also failed the players. “No one at the university wants me to say it, but it’s true,” Saban said in a speech to the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. “We had some guys use poor judgment in how they did it,” Saban said. “Now, the NCAA might see it as an extra benefit. We saw it, we reported it. But the system failed the players, too. If we call a bad play and it doesn’t work, we’re responsible.”
Way to pass the buck, Saban. Those textbooks are as tempting as an Alabama sorority girl on her knees. If they keep giving, the players will keep taking. “Give it to me, mandingo! I hope my dad doesn’t find out!” It’s not fair of people to keep offering them cars, clothes, money, hoes and biochemistry textbooks.
The Alabama case is similar to a case involving Ball State which was placed on two years probation for the same violations.
In the Ball State case, the NCAA said last week the infractions involved 89 athletes in 10 sports from the spring semester of 2003 to the end of the 2004-05 school year. The athletes obtained $26,944 in books for classes in which they weren’t enrolled and, in some cases, got more than one copy of a book, which they gave to others, the NCAA said.
I guess we can’t blame Saban. It’s not like he knows anything about taking responsibility for one’s actions. Rubble rubble!
What’s that you say? Nick Saban lying? Nick Saban cheating? Nooo! Say no more. I can assure you that Coach Saban is an upstanding gentleman. He’s direct, honest and willing to fess up when wrong. What’s that about recruiting violations?
Alabama football players are the only ones getting summer workouts in before the beginning of the college football season. Head coach Nick Saban has decided to lead by example and work on his lying and cheating before the fall. Now that’s leadership! Alabama has “self-reported three secondary NCAA violations in football since Oct. 16, 2006, and is preparing a report on coach Nick Saban’s recent contact with recruits that might have broken the rules”.
Nice to see that he didn’t waste any time getting down to business and restoring pride and integrity back to Alabama football…
“Secondary violations occur in all sports,” said Chris King, associate athletic director for compliance. “The NCAA manual is so thick, they’re going to happen. These violations were all isolated and inadvertent. It shows that our compliance system is working.”
Teach those kids to take responsibility for their actions, Bama. Saban and the Tide will be a great fit. It looks like they finally have all the pieces to make a death penalty run. It hurts to come so close without getting it. Ask Kevin Dyson. That elephant’s trunk should be a mile long by the end of the season.