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Bama A.D. Talks T-Town Menswear

Speaking to a booster club in Scottboro, Alabama last night, Crimson Tide athletic director Mal Moore addressed the T-Town Menswear story/scandal that doesn’t seem to be going away:


“The university has responded to this maybe six months ago.  Meeting with the store owner, his attorney, our players, everybody that we could find that was involved.  Our compliance people, Mike Ward, his people, have done an outstanding job with this.  It was responded to properly.

There are so many people so excited over college athletics, you have to school and coach your players regarding all this.  It’s just as important for our alumni and our fans to be knowledgeable (about) what they can and can’t do.”


Moore talks of response and schooling, but even if Alabama responded immediately and correctly and educated its players after-the-fact, the school could still face possible NCAA sanctions for any rule violations that led to said response and schooling.

Just as we at MrSEC.com aren’t going to look at a Facebook photo, assume someone’s sportcoat was a gift from a booster, and declare a program to be dirty because of it… we also aren’t going to accept Moore’s statement as fact without a bit more information with which to make a judgement. 

And we think the NCAA will probably take a similar approach.

Now, investigators might find evidence of wrongdoing or they might not.  But we will be surprised if NCAA officials don’t at least ask a couple of questions about what exactly Alabama compliance personnel found and why exactly they disassociated Tom Al Betar from their program.

 


9 comments
Randy
Randy

I would imagine Saban is giving thought to getting out of this circus act by now. If he can't control the booster there he is doomed anyway. It is curious that Albetar will not talk to the media, it's him that's being painted as the evil party and his business could be affected by this I would be screaming I'm innocent if in fact I was. He knows he can't lie about his pics. Some of it does look bad like Richardson posing for what appear to be proof photos for a buyer that he is actually wearing the gloves and signing stuff himself. A memorablilia site on the web was selling the same jerseys claiming to be signed on the same day.

Frankly after what we have seen from the photos to claim the bama players didn't know what was going on is an insult to their intelligence.

adam
adam

Mark Emmert and Satan are friends from their LSU days. Bama will skate. Remember all the bumps and selling books. The NCAA's Emmert is in Satan's hip pocket.

saber1234
saber1234

If no violation why all of the photos, etc removed from facebook and other sources... Denial and smokescreens and uat is the best at it. No Doubt... That's AMAZING... Let the EAgle Soarrrrrrrrrr! uat red elephants can't fly..... Not yet anyway.... Just like this story....

Interested Observer
Interested Observer

Also, would you ever use pictures e-mailed to you from rival fans about a program, without properly vetting the sources of the photos?
Travis has already admitted he was e-mailed these pictures from Auburn fans and posted them within an hour or two.

Would you vet your sources in a story like this?

He hasn't interviewed anyone in the situation, done any investigating himself, or went to Tuscaloosa to find evidence. In fact, it just looks like he just waits until his inbox gets full and then posts. There's been no indication he's even left his computer during this whole thing.

Meanwhile, Chase Goodbread has been doing great work as a legitimate journalist would. He interviewed people close to the situation, asked questions and actually has done some legwork...besides sitting by a computer.

And would you also use messageboards and blogs as sources like Travis has?

Interested Observer
Interested Observer

Mr. Pennington,

Do you think the reason no legit/major news outlet has picked this up is because there has been no proof that the players received compensation or that they knew items would be used for promotional reasons?

It seems the only ones making accusations are the gossip sites of Travis, and Brooks seems to just link to Travis.

Do you think the legit news outlets have asked questions already and just feel there isn't anything there, just pictures of players sigining autographs?

Also, you've been making a distinction the past few days between what you do and what Travis and Brooks does. Do you think people like Travis and Brooks are hurting your industry and giving everyone in your industry a bad name?

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Interested Observer...

I've been emailed tips and photos in the past that I have not posted because a) I didn't know who was sending them, b) I didn't have the time to do any type of verification or fact-digging on my own. (Unlike the sites mentioned, we don't do one story per day.) I have, however, used tips if I could verify them independently.

The only way I would use messageboards for "source" material is if I stated clearly "This is from a messageboard." Any anonymous person can post any made up thing on a messageboard. Many people trust them. I do not. To each his own.

Again, thanks for reading,
John

alex
alex

regardless of who sent the photos to him, the photos don't lie. It doesn't matter if it was a homeless guy who lives under a bridge in birmingham who gave them to Travis-the proof is IN the photos. endofstory

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Interested Observer...

ESPN has discussed the story, but they haven't jumped in with both feet. They usually don't -- see Ben Roethlisberger and Brett Favre scandals -- unless they have a way to make the story their own.

The two sites you mentioned are simply posting photos and saying, "What's up with that?" Naturally, Bama fans say, "nothing." Auburn fans say, "It proves they're cheating." (Hilariously, both sides acted in the complete opposite way when it came to Cam Newton or HBO allegations... showing that there's very little objectivity coming from the fans. At least the fans who take to messageboards, emails and talk radio.)

As we've done in both cases, we've shown the evidence, said it's circumstantial evidence, and called for some form of smoking gun. As of yet, there is none.

That doesn't mean there won't be one. In either case.

Thanks for reading,
John

Lilbrogrew up
Lilbrogrew up

How about CBS Sports? Is that reputable enough?



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