Alabama Crimson Tide starting free safety HaHa Clinton-Dix has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules according to head coach Nick Saban. As per usual, Saban would not elaborate on what Clinton-Dix did to earn the suspension, and asked the media not to ask him any questions about it.
HaHa has been the most stable member of Alabama’s much maligned secondary this season, and this would be a big loss if he was to miss multiple games. Fortunately, Alabama is entering a soft spot in the schedule with Georgia State, the lowest rated team in the FBS in the Sagarin Rankings, coming to Tuscaloosa this weekend. After that, the Tide travels to Kentucky, and then hosts Arkansas and Tennessee before LSU comes to town on November 9th.
With Clinton-Dix suspended, and Nick Perry out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery, Saban said that Landon Collins and Geno Smith have been working at free safety in HaHa’s place. It will more than likely be Collins getting the start opposite Vinnie Sunseri at safety on Saturday against Georgia State.
Much like Trey DePriest’s suspension in the offseason, Clinton Dix will likely determine the length of his own suspension. If he does all the right things to get back in the good graces of the coaching staff, then this suspension will probably only be for one game, and we’ll see him back on the practice field at the start of next week.
That’s up to him and how he handles the suspension. Hopefully he fights his way out of the dog house quickly, because Alabama needs him back as soon as possible.
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