Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban said in a statement that the four players who were arrested early this morning have been indefinitely suspended as facts continue to roll in.
“The young men charged are indefinitely suspended as we continue to gather information and talk to the appropriate people. The University and football program have strict guidelines regarding issues of this magnitude,” Saban said. “This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program.”
Since Saban took over at Alabama in 2007, an indefinite suspension has been next to impossible for a player to come back from, and I honestly can’t recall a single one who ever played another snap of football for the Crimson Tide. To name a few, Michael Bowman, Ronald Carswell, Duron Carter, Robby Green and Darrington Sentimore have all been indefinitely suspended by Saban in the past. None of them ever played another down for Alabama.
The key sentence in the Saban statement is “as we continue to gather information and talk to the appropriate people.” Obviously, as more information is learned, the indefinite suspension could easily turn to an outright boot from the team, which it probably should in the very least for the three who were apart of the robbery. With the players having admitted to the robbery, it seems like a foregone conclusion that their football playing days in Tuscaloosa are over.
Brent Calloway is probably the only one with a snowball’s chance of making it back into Saban’s good graces, and even that is unlikely considering this is the second time Calloway has been arrested since coming to campus. Along with being a masterful coach on the gridiron, Saban has earned the reputation for being a strict disciplinarian, and things like this will not be tolerated as long as he is the head football coach.
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