Alabama assistant strength coach Corey Harris has been placed on administrative leave for providing improper benefits to safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Harris provided Clinton-Dix with a loan of less than $500. He was also found to have ties to an agent.
Harris made a short-term loan to Clinton-Dix in an amount less than $500 at some point in the summer, an apparently violation of NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168, which states that “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.”
This is not a good look for Alabama. An agent runner is one thing in NCAA-land. Employing him on staff is another. There is also after the recent revelation that D.J. Fluker accepted improper benefits from a runner. A couple years ago, it would have seemed like full-on NCAA panic time. Now, it’s hard seeing the flailing organization finding the impetus to act.
Perhaps Saban and the coaching staff face some additional scrutiny. But we’d expect Clinton-Dix back by the time Alabama needs him.
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