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Saban Says He Has No Official Twitter Policy

Let’s say you’re a college football coach.  A highly-paranoid, lock-all-the-doors, keep-everybody-out football coach.  And now let’s say you have a receiver who uses Twitter the morning of a game to let the whole world know — including that day’s opponent — that he won’t be playing in said game. 

Nick Saban is such a coach and receiver Duron Carter did that very thing on Saturday prior to Alabama’s game at Penn State.  The juco-transfer wideout was expected to hit the field for the first time for the Tide, but though Alabama finally received his transcript, it had not yet “certified” him as ready to play. 

And he announced that on Twitter.  Saban’s response:

“We monitor guys’ Twitter… Our policy is we don’t want guys to Twitter information about our team that creates an advantage for the other team.  Secondly, we monitor guys’ Twitter so that they are not putting information out that could be personally damaging in the future in trems of the kind of information that they choose to put out there.  But we don’t have a policy where you can’t do it.”

They should.  Everyone should.  Someone call Butch Davis and ask him if he wishes he’d implemented a no-Twitter policy at North Carolina.

The Crimson Tide might have a monitoring program, but all that accomplished on Saturday was monitoring Penn State get pre-game roster information from a Bama player.

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WR Carter Finally Cleared At Alabama

It took a lot longer than expected, but former Ohio State then juco wide receiver Duron Carter has been admitted as a student at Alabama.  He could begin practicing today.

The son of former NFL great Cris Carter had his enrollment slowed due to a transcript issue.

Viewed by some as the sure-fire replacement for Julio Jones, it will be interesting to see how long it takes Carter to get up to speed… considering the fact that he’s missed weeks of practice time.

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Ex-NFL’er Carter Discusses Son’s Eligibility Issues At Bama

Juco transfer Duron Carter was expected to help pick up some of the slack left by Julio Jones’ departure from Tuscaloosa.  Instead the wide receiver is on the sideline awaiting eligibility clearance from the NCAA.

His father — ex-NFL great Cris Carter – sounds like he’s growing weary of the process (and of the rumors swirling about his son’s status):

“Someone made a mistake.  If I had know this was going to be a problem we could have taken care of it in July.  But someone made a mistake and Duron is having to pay for it.  It should be worked out soon enough.  Alabama has the best compliance department in the country, and Duron will be at practice as soon as possible. …

Coach (Nick) Saban and Alabama have tuck by Duron from the beginning.  We knew this was going to be a rocky process, and Coach Saban and Alabama haven’t wavered one bit.  We’re not wavering either.  Duron’s playing (at) Alabama.”

Carter told that his son’s timetable “just depends on when the grades come in and are added to the transcript.”

The younger Carter began his career at Ohio State before going the juco route last season.

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SEC Headlines – 8/10/11 Part Two

1.  Alabama linebacker/defensive end Courtney Upshaw is back from a bum ankle that slowed him last season.

2.  Tide players say the team’s quarterback battle is still tight.

3.  Here’s a UA practice report… and the Duron Carter wait continues this morning.

4.  Auburn’s three quarterbacks will be trying to get a leg up in the Tigers’ first scrimmage today.

5.  True freshman Kiehl Frazier is the wild card in the QB race.  (He’s also our pick to be running the Tiger offense by October.)

6.  Top incoming freshman Kris Frost is “gone for the year” with a shoulder injury.

7.  Bobby Petrino says there’s no rush to name a starting quarterback at Arkansas… but Tyler Wilson ran the first-team offense and Brandon Mitchell ran the second string yesterday.

8.  This writer expects the Hogs’ quarterbacks to use their feet more than Ryan Mallett did.

9.  The Razorbacks are “hungry” for contact drills.

10.  LSU’s coordinators are both high-energy, fast-talking.

11.  New quarterback Zach Mettenberger says he’s okay with his backup role… but he expects to play.

12.  The Tiger defense will be all about speed this year.

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Bama Still Waiting For Word On WR Carter

Still waiting.

That’s the situation in Tuscaloosa where transfer wide receiver Duron Carter has been held out of a full week of practice while Alabama officials await final approval of the player’s junior college transcript. 

Carter — who began his career at Ohio State before transferring to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas — is expected to have a major impact for the Tide.  In fact, he’s likely to wear the #8 jersey worn by Julio Jones last year.  (He can probably run over to T-Town Menswear to pick one up.)

Carter’s father is former NFL great Cris Carter.

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Report: Former Buckeye Carter Headed To Alabama

Former Ohio State wide receiver Duron Carter has committed to Alabama, according to a report from ESPN’s Joe Schad.

Carter, who left Ohio State after the 2009 season because of academic reasons, spent last fall at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.

Carter would be eligible to play at Alabama this fall. The Crimson Tide are looking for help replacing star receiver Julio Jones, who left Alabama early to enter the NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Carter was an All-American at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He caught 44 passes for 690 yards and 10 touchdowns at Coffeyville last year.

Carter, who is the son of former Ohio State and NFL receiver Cris Carter, has also taken visits to LSU and Miami. Cris Carter hinted this week that Alabama might be the right spot for his son.

“The head coach (Nick Saban) is as good as it gets,” Carter told “They have structure. Nick Saban provides the kind of environment you look for . There is no better teacher in the game than Nick and his staff. We like the fact that they run a pro-style offense. They have a need at the receiver position. They don’t have a (big, physical) receive like Duron right now.”

Duron Carter appeared to confirm the report with his Twitter post on Saturday afternoon: “Ya its true lol…..”

UPDATE — Cris Carter has confirmed to ESPN that his son will play football for Alabama this fall.

“We just met with Coach Saban and he’s committed,” Carter said. “It’s a combination of the coaching and the structure and for Duron’s maturity. All of those things make it a good match.”

Duron Carter plans to graduate from Coffeyville in May and enroll at Alabama in June.

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