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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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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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More Photos In Bama Case; WR Jones In Al Betar’s Office

This morning we linked you to the latest T-Town Menswear photo dump from  That site’s photos of Julio Jones — then an Alabama player — signing a jersey (with a stack of other jerseys nearby) has led to release a few more photos, too.

It seems someone took photos of Jones in Tom Al Betar’s office at T-Town Menswear.  One shows Jones with a college-age girl on his lap and Al Betar smiling happily to his left.  (Al Betar’s name has been spelled Albetar, Al-Betar and Al Betar on various sites… we’re going with the latter.)

Is it against NCAA rules for a player to be in the office of a business owner?  No.  But we all know how this looks.  After all, Al Betar was later disassociated from the Crimson Tide program for some reason.  So here was a Tide star sitting in the office of a man who would eventually be barred from UA’s program.

Go ahead and add this to the pile of circumstantial evidence that’s already leading to a Bama conviction in the court of public opinion. 

Meanwhile, we await the next photos to appear in three… two… one…

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Travis Tosses More Dirt on Bama?

For all the Alabama fans who loved for digging into Auburn’s dirty laundry — or alleged dirty laundry — the worm has now turned. continues to dig into the questionable ties between Alabama, it’s football players and the owner of a menswear shop in Tuscaloosa.

Today the site has posted several photos of just-departed Tide receiver Julio Jones posing in a number of suits from the clothing store.  The obvious question: Were Tide players getting money or clothing from the store owner — who happened to have Bama sideline passes in 2009 and 2010.  If so, several players could be found to be retroactively ineligible.  If that happens, wins — and the 2009 BCS championship — could be lost.

Before AU fans celebrate too much, everyone should remember that UA fans have cheered false lead after false lead in the Cam Newton case.  A website report doesn’t necessarily mean the NCAA will find hard evidence of wrongdoing.

But an internet report is embarrassing.  Auburn fans know that.  Alabama fans are finding it now.

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SEC Headlines 4/17/2011

1. Tennessee spring game: Brawn vs. Skill and a struggling QB – Tyler Bray 5 for 30.

2. Thoughts from a “guest coach.”

3. Georgia spring game – 13 of 60 scholarship players out with injuries but Branden Smith displays his two-way talents.

4. Offensive line – Georgia’s biggest question as the Bulldogs await their “Dream Team” recruiting class.

5. Ole Miss spring game – there will be a quarterback battle this fall. 5 burning questions answered.

6. Arkansas spring game – quarterback Tyler Wilson leads five TD drives.

7. Alabama spring game – no definitive answers at quarterback. Saban not ruling out a rotation.

8. Largest crowd for a spring game in school history.

9. Saban statue unveiled. Dennis Dodd – “Everything about Alabama football is oversized.”

10. Alabama’s biggest question – replacing Julio Jones.

11. What Jones and Auburn’s Nick Fairley have in common.

12. Auburn spring game – yet another team in search of a quarterback. Defense dominates.

13. Vanderbilt revives its spring game tonight. What to watch for.

14. Kentucky scrimmaged on Saturday – spring game is next weekend.

15. The austerity debate comes to UK athletics and the topic of a new arena.

16. LSU awaits word from the NCAA on self-reported violations from 2009.

17. How will the NCAA enforce the new taunting rules?

18.  Which school has the best helmet design?

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SEC Headlines – 4/5/11 Part One



Report: Jones Had A Foot Fracture During His Great Combine Performance

Former Alabama receiver Julio Jones tore up the NFL combine in Indianapolis.  He ran the 40 in 4.39 seconds.  He nailed a broad jump of 11 feet, 3 inches. 

And it seems he did it all with a fractured foot. 

According to, Jones’ injury will require surgery and he will need to have a screw inserted into his foot.  Rehab should take about eight weeks.

Former NFL exec Charley Casserly said, “This guy really helped himself with that workout on Sunday.  Showed a little toughness, too.  Teams probably aren’t going to shy away from him (because of the injury).”

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SEC Headlines – 1/14/11 Part One

1.  Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley will announce his NFL intentions this afternoon.

2.  Cam Newton is leaving Auburn as “perhaps the program’s most beloved player.”

3.  Former Clemson guard Noel Johnson will transfer to Auburn’s basketball team.

4.  It doesn’t look like Alabama will lose any additional underclassmen to the NFL.  (But they’ve already lost Julio Jones, Mark Ingram and Marcell Dareus.)

5.  Arkansas’ players know they blew a good shot at an SEC road win Wednesday at LSU.

6.  LSU’s Stevan Ridley says the NFL is a possibility he just can’t pass up.

7.  This writer believes Les Miles spun the Michigan job into a great insurance policy in Baton Rouge.  (There’s also word that Miles wasn’t happy with AD Joe Alleva’s lack of support during the 2010 season.)

8.  Jim Chaney, Paul Chryst and a few new names pop up on this writer’s list of potential Tiger offensive coordinator candidates.

9.  As we told you earlier today, Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney combined for 49 in a 69-64 MSU win over Ole Miss last night.

10.  Last night’s hostile crowd in Oxford helped fuel Sidney.

11.  Rick Stansbury says the “very sweet” win extends beyond one game.

12.  The loss drops Mississippi to 0-2 in SEC play.

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Ingram, Dareus And Jones Leave Bama For The NFL

Alabama’s football team will once again have to rely on an above-average number of youngsters in 2011.  Not only has the Tide lost a highly successful senior class, but three underclassmen officially announced their decisions to turn pro today.

Mark Ingram, Marcell Dareus and Julio Jones all announced at a UA press conference that they are NFL bound.

More underclassmen like Mark Barron, Marquis Maze and Courtney Upshaw could still decide to bolt as well.

Welcome to the downside of college sports… watching star players leave early.

UPDATE — Linebacker Dont’a Hightower announced today that he will be returning to Tuscaloosa next season.  That’s a good “keep” for Nick Saban and crew.

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