After Yahoo! Sports reported that former Alabama lineman DJ Fluker, along with four other SEC players, had allegedly been given extra benefits during their playing time in college, it was uncertain what it meant for the program.
Now according to Rivals site TideSports.com, Fluker is fully cooperating with the University of Alabama’s athletic compliance office as they investigate whether such actions took place. UA Athletic Director Bill Battle said in a statement that the compliance department was already working on investigating the matter before the story was published and they are continuing the review the situation.
TideSports also reported late Wednesday night that former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis has been told that he is not welcome to the UA athletic facilities and has been warned to not have any contact with UA players. Davis was cited in the article as the possessor of several documents and text messages that were divulged by a source “with ties to the NFL agent community.”
The timeliness of the story is interesting, considering Alabama will be facing possibly their biggest opponent this weekend at Texas A&M. In his Wednesday press conference following practice, Alabama head coach Nick Saban was frustrated by questions about the Fluker story and the impact it had on this weeks game.
Saban quickly ended the press conference by walking off the podium and sarcastically mentioned to the media: “I appreciate your interest in the game.”
There has been no formal action as of yet from the NCAA regarding the allegations mentioned in the report. UA’s last major interaction with the NCAA was in 2009, when the university was found guilty of improperly distributing textbooks to athletes, causing the football team to vacate 21 victories from 2005-2007 and be placed on three years probation.
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