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Did Saban Break Rules By Visiting Recruit?

Yesterday we told you that Oklahoma City recruit Barry Sanders Jr. had told the press that Alabama’s Nick Saban had told him that Mark Ingram was turning pro early.

Sanders is a junior in high school.  Saban met with him on Wednesday at his high school.

Whoops.  Now folks from Oklahoma to Auburn — especially Auburn — are asking questions.  Here’s why…

An extended conversation between Saban and Sanders is a potential violation of NCAA Bylaw 13.1.1.1 which states: “Off-campus recruiting contacts shall not be made with an individual (or his or her relatives or legal guardians) before July 1 following the completion of his or her junior year in high school.”

Further, NCAA Bylaw 13.0.2.4 defines contact as “any face-to-face encounter between a prospective student-athlete… during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting.  Any such face-to-face encounter that is prearranged or that takes place on the ground of the prospective student-athlete’s institution… shall be considered a contact.”

That photo at left seems to show a pretty clear face-to-face encounter between Saban and Sanders.  (Sidenote — It’s reported that that is Barry Sanders Jr. in the photo, but we at MrSEC have no idea if that’s him or not.  OKBlitz.com believes it’s him.)

According to BamaOnLine.com — the Rivals site covering Alabama — Sanders said, “Coach Saban came to my school this week to talk to some of my coaches and I saw him for a quick moment passing by in the halls.”

Saban is well known for the accidental bump-into.  In fact, he’s had so many “bump-intos” with recruits that the NCAA chose to implement what’s been called “The Saban Rule,” banning such “accidental” run-ins and keeping head coaches from making recruiting visits during the spring evaluation period.

In case you’re wondering, a violation of 13.1.1.1 would be secondary in nature. 

However, Alabama is currently serving an NCAA probation.  Also, the NCAA has begun suspending coaches — like Saban pal Tom Izzo of Michigan State — for violating certain secondary rules.

In other words, if the NCAA takes note of this one and determines that a rule was violated — given Saban’s history with this type of violation — the spanking could be a bit more severe than it might have been just a year or two ago.

 


27 comments
tiger4life57
tiger4life57

Hey Bammma fans get a life and come suck on the snottttty end. What was the score this year. Now do us all a favor and get back into the closet where you belong!!!!

AlabamaForever
AlabamaForever

Shouldn't you guys be fighting to see who gets two weeks to prepare for Alabama over the next few years. One word, SCARED!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha LSU or Loose Sh*t University from taking it up the wazoooo ha!!!!

BamaisBetter
BamaisBetter

You know what, you idiotic Awbarn fans and your illegitimate family would LOVE for us to get into some kind of trouble because you know in your heart that is the only way you will ever have a chance of competing with us again! Can't pull Cam Newton's out your azz now can you! You guys are SOOO jealous it is ridiculous. Face it we are better and will be better than you for a long long time. And hey LSU idiots, get over it, we stole your coach and you would be kissing his butt right now if you could. Alabama is and always will be a powerhouse you guys have to constantly watch your weak ass teams get out recruited, out classed, out coached and out played for the rest of your pathetic measly little lives. Quit being whiny little biatches, Roll Tide!!!!

Truth
Truth

Once a cheater always a cheater.Bear Bryant was a cross dressing f4g.

thomas
thomas

Sorry Greg. Bama's been cheating for years. Bear Bryant shaved points too.
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nmc
nmc

Wow---and I'm sure that the facilities at heritage hall in Oklahoma were so nice that Saban needed to fly there to view them?

If it was an Ok State coach - he'd be banned for years.

McLagman
McLagman

How many high schools has Saban visited that didn't have a potential Bama recruit? Can one of you blog journalists get a list of his visits?

McLagman
McLagman

Is this how Saban "outworks" everyone? I thought you didn't have to cheat to win at Bama.

Cooter Love
Cooter Love

The Comments on this story are GREAT. The Bammers bring out the best in everybody!

H-Town Dawg
H-Town Dawg

Aww, come on! Saban accidentally wandered onto campus and had no idea the kid would be there on a school day. Saban didn't know...just like Cam didn't know what Daddy was doing, either. And, of course, Fairley isn't dirty. And Ohio State didn't get preferential treatment from the NCAA...

Bill Codner
Bill Codner

The inferiority complexes shared by so many of the Farmers really rears it's ugly head whenever Saban so much as breathes. It's really a pitiful state of affairs. Class has never been an Awbarn attribute.

JPod
JPod

I am pretty sure it is Sanders, unless Saban is talking to another black kid at a very prestigous private school in OKC that just had surgery on the right foot and is wheeling around on one of those contraptions designed to take the weight off the foot. I mean, there could be, what, a dozen or so of those kids in the school, right? PLUS, I hate to break it to you but Sterling Shephard is the best RB in that school.

mlc15121
mlc15121

Meanwhile it's still ok for your dad to whore out your services and change grades to be eligible for bowl games.

GUEST
GUEST

AND THE BOTTOM LINE IS IT DID NOT DO BAMI TOO MUCH GOOD DID IT? WE WILL SPANK THAT ASS AGAIN NEXT YEAR. BAMA'S REIGN IS ALREADY OVER! LSUFAN

Jim
Jim

And the bottom line, is while fat-a$$ coaches around the country are sitting at home this time of year, Saban is on the recruiting trail. Probably why Alabama was #1 in recruiting 2 of the past 3 years, and quite possibly this year AND next year.

Jim
Jim

lol bunch of sore LOSERS, crying because Alabama is getting all the studs yet again. Get over it. And it *would be in the nature of Auburn fans to go crying over a secondary violation 'bump-in' , after paying 200 grand to get their heisman winning QB.

Wordman
Wordman

I'm glad there are no really important things going on in the world of college football. I love reading this kind of drivel.

Jo Mama
Jo Mama

Hah, I'd rather have a hard-working coach at my school than a slingblade tard-fest like Miles.

sanman
sanman

Bama will forever have a bullseye on their backs, ........just like the prom queen; everyone is jealous and everyone still wants a piece! Bama produces Road Scholars, first round draft picks, Heisman Trophy winners,.......we break records, we make history, we set the bar for other teams to strive for...........What we don't do is produce, protect, and pay for aggregious and felonious players, we will leave that up to Auburn.

Guest
Guest

Cam Newton skates and they want to blow something like this out of proportion?

YamslingeR
YamslingeR

that "slingblade tard-fest" left your coach looking like obama sucking his thumb in Tiger Stadium. Get used to it fool.....ROLL TURD, ROLL - Around the bowl, down the hole!

GUEST
GUEST

lsu 41 faggies 24

GUEST
GUEST

jo moma is doing a good job ha ha

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