Tuscaloosa, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alabama star safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
received a loan from an assistant strength and conditioning coach that
prompted his recent suspension from the program, the Tuscaloosa News reported
According to the newspaper, Clinton-Dix borrowed an amount less than $500 from
Corey Harris, a member of the Crimson Tide's strength and conditioning
program, during the summer. The loan qualifies as a violation of NCAA Bylaw
220.127.116.11, which states "an institutional employee or representative of the
institution's athletics interests may not provide a student-athlete with extra
benefits or services, including, but not limited to ... a loan of money."
Alabama's compliance office reportedly discovered that Harris had ties to a
sports agent during its investigation, though the university found no evidence
that Clinton-Dix had contact with an agent.
Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban suspended Clinton-Dix, a junior who started
10 games on last year's BCS national championship squad and ranks second on
the 2013 team with 24 tackles, indefinitely on Wednesday for a violation of
team rules and policies.
Clinton-Dix will miss at least the top-ranked Crimson Tide's game against
winless Georgia State on Saturday.
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