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!