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SmashMouth 09-12-2013 09:28 AM

Bama in trouble with NCAA?
Five Southeastern Conference football players, including former Alabama All-American tackle D.J. Fluker, allegedly received impermissible benefits prior to completing their collegiate careers.

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis acted as an intermediary between the players and multiple NFL agents and financial advisers. The report says Davis funneled money and benefits totaling $45,500 to Fluker, Tennessee starting defensive end Maurice Couch, former Volunteers quarterback Tyler Bray, and former Mississippi State players Fletcher Cox and Chad Bumphis. Fluker
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D.J. Fluker allegedly received impermissible benefits during his playing career at Alabama.
The allegations would violate NCAA bylaw, which prohibits athletes from receiving extra benefits from prospective agents or marketing representatives. The violation could impact Fluker's eligibility and potentially the Alabama wins he participated in, including the 2012 Discover BCS National Championship.

Alabama has been made aware of the report, athletic director Bill Battle said in a statement Wednesday.

"Our compliance department was looking into this situation prior to being notified that this story was actually going to be published," Battle said in the release. "Our review is ongoing. We diligently educate our student-athletes on maintaining compliance with NCAA rules, and will continue to do so."

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday he supports the school's compliance department and then refused to answer further questions on the matter.

"From an administrative standpoint, from a compliance standpoint, I think our people here do a fantastic job," Saban said. "I know that we have, I think, one of the best agent education programs in terms of what we try to do to help our players make good choices and decisions by what they do and what they don't do when it comes to agents.

"I have full confidence in our leadership that we're going to do whatever we need to do to handle the situation appropriately, and I know that we will."

When asked another question on the matter, a frustrated Saban said that he wouldn't talk about it anymore but would answer questions about the upcoming Texas A&M game.

When no questions were asked he walked off, saying "Thanks for your interest in the game."

The Yahoo! Sports report shows benefits coming from multiple sources based on financial records and text messages belonging to Davis, who is said to have worked as a runner for the agents involved. Yahoo! Sports authenticated transactions between Fluker and Davis, including money transfers, hotel stays, flights, furniture and other expenses.

The report named three NFL agents and three financial advisers who Yahoo! Sports said engaged in transactions totaling at least $45,550 with Davis between September 2011 and December 2012.

Yahoo! said records show Davis distributing at least $12,700 in cash, airfare and other expenses to the five players. The report included a 49-item invoice totaling $33,755 from February 2013 that Davis emailed to Fluker's onetime financial adviser, Hodge Brahmbhatt.

Agents Andy Simms, Peter Schaffer and John Phillips and financial adviser Mike Rowan each confirmed giving money to Davis, according to Yahoo!, but said they didn't instruct the former player to provide benefits to players, and didn't know of him doing so.

Yahoo! Sports said financial advisers Jason Jernigan and Brahmbhatt declined comment.

Phillips told that he hasn't read the report, but says he knows it's "filled with falsehoods."

Documents obtained by Yahoo! Sports also show current Alabama defensive end Ed Stinson, whose name appears as "E. Stinson," on a flight itinerary from Nashville, Tenn., though agent Isaac Conner said Stinson did not make the flight. Stinson, a starter on the defense, practiced Wednesday.

A second Yahoo! Sports report alleges that former Alabama safety Mark Barron accepted money while he was recovering from a shoulder injury as a junior in 2011 that kept him from declaring for the NFL draft. Text messages obtained by the website show that Barron was asked to repay money after signing with a competing sports agency.

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Danno 09-12-2013 09:30 AM

Re: Bama in trouble with NCAA?
If you can't beat 'em, disqualify 'em.

Halo 09-12-2013 10:19 AM

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No, please don't torture us.
If JD Flucker kills an Alabama BCS championship to vacate victories, that means that NOTRE DAME wins the BCS?

I would laugh and puke except that's a joke that isn't even funny.

SmashMouth 09-12-2013 10:20 AM

Re: Bama in trouble with NCAA?
What about the previous year... does that invalidate the game against LSU too?

Halo 09-12-2013 10:24 AM

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Originally Posted by SmashMouth (Post 526848)
What about the previous year... does that invalidate the game against LSU too?

LSU and its fans wouldn't want to back into a BCS title, so if that happened it would be a number in a record book that nobody wants.

Notre Dame on the other hand would celebrate like it's January 2013 all over again.

What a joke!

SmashMouth 09-12-2013 11:22 AM

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Nick Saban Walks Out Of Press Conference Over D.J. Fluker Questions

This Saban presser, on the heels of the Yahoo report that former offensive standout D.J. Fluker was funneling cash into the Alabama program, is a thing of beauty. It's very Belichickian in it's format: boring we-had-a-good-week-of-practice-blah-blah beginning followed by a preemptive statement of nothingness signaling the final comment on the matter. But the execution is all Saban.

The fun begins around the 3:30 mark; it's a steady, though quick burn for Saban. He tells reporters three times he won't answer their questions and then, growing more agitated and full-throated, asks if they all want to get in a line and ask the same question that he won't answer. His final offer: "If you want to talk about the Texas A&M game, I'll be glad to talk about it."

When no one bit, Saban muttered "Appreciate your interest in the game" and walked off.

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Halo 09-12-2013 11:33 AM

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He's the HIGHEST PAID Coach in America.... PERIOD.
When Bama wins BCS, he's first in line to lift the Crystal Football.
When players succeed, he is first credited with their success.

But when tough questions arise, he's "just a coach" and doesn't "read those things." He's the head of football operations for the love of Zooey!! Who else would answer these questions?

papz 09-12-2013 11:51 AM

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I honestly don't expect anything significant will result of these allegations.

Halo 09-12-2013 02:53 PM

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Originally Posted by papz (Post 526874)
I honestly don't expect anything significant will result of these allegations.

I agree, if he's a go-between, is there or will there be a paper trail?
Sounds like it's the word of a sports agent against the players.
Where's the proof?

Sadly, until something concrete comes out, they'll drag the name of the players through the mud, as well as Bama, until something does or does not turn up.

If no evidence is found, that fact will show up on the last page of the sports section.

SloMotion 09-12-2013 05:08 PM

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Originally Posted by papz (Post 526874)
I honestly don't expect anything significant will result of these allegations.

IDK, Fluker already admitted it before claiming his Twitter account was hacked ...

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