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Report: Alabama DE Marcell Dareus declared ineligible

For the past half hour or so, I’ve been sitting here at the palatial CFT headquarters listening to Alabama head coach Nick Saban launch blistering attack after blistering attack on rogue agents, at one point asking “how are they any better than a pimp?“.

And now, based on the latest report that’s surfaced, I fully understand the venom in Saban’s speech.

According to the Tuscaloosa News, and citing a source close to the situation, Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus has been declared ineligible as the school is in the midst of a probe centered on the player’s relationship with an agent  Fortunately for the Tide, Dareus appears to be the only current player who attended a player-agent’s party in Miami’s South Beach, a soirĂ©e that’s caused investigations at North Carolina and South Carolina as well as Alabama.

The News reports that the school will petition the NCAA immediately for the reinstatement of the defensive lineman’s eligibility.

The SEC is assisting Alabama in its probe.

UPDATED 3:19 p.m. ET: Hold the phone, or whatever it you happen to have in your hand as you’re reading this.  A tweet from Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun questions the veracity of the News‘ report.

“Saban just said report Dareus is ineligible is not true. Stay tuned..”

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  1. Donna says: Jul 21, 2010 3:11 PM

    OK!! Buckle up and lets get ready for the ride!! It is a good sign that Saban is fired up and I agree if given the proper support the universities from the SEC can hopefully get some things accomplished with changing the current situation with agents.
    It is also a positive sign that the SEC is behind them.
    In the words of the faithful, ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!

  2. WingT says: Jul 21, 2010 3:16 PM

    Agents are Scumbags

  3. blitz4848 says: Jul 21, 2010 3:31 PM

    @ Donna
    Does that mean you are wearing the little BLACK dress…….RollED Tide …

  4. Donna says: Jul 21, 2010 3:57 PM

    @ blitz4848:
    I would of course add a flare to things and the dress would be little and fire engine RED!
    But at this moment I’m wearing a 2 peice string trying to enjoy the sunshine God gave us! This damn agent thing is messing with my routine!!

  5. baracuda says: Jul 21, 2010 4:00 PM

    Saban knows about hookers–he got rolled by one in Hawaii when he was younger–true story!

  6. badger33 says: Jul 21, 2010 4:17 PM

    There is an article on ESPN that Saban talks a lot about how they should hold NFL responsible for helping to control Agents otherwise just banning NFL personel from NCAA instituitions.
    From what I read the NFL has the ability to “suspend” agents licenses as far as doing business with NFL personel.
    I feel like Saban is on to something. Telling the NFL scouts they can only look at recruits at the combine would cause quick action by the NFL, and if the NFL tells agents that if they get caught doing anything illegal with players they are going to have their licenses revoked for a year or 2 might keep them from just not caring about what the NCAA says.
    The way it is right now, generally there are two parties in the wrong during these problems. The 18 year old kids, and the agents with law degrees. so far we are only seeing action taken against the kids. How bout somebody hold the guys whos profession is to know the rules, responsible.
    Just a thought…

  7. funi says: Jul 21, 2010 4:42 PM

    Like I have always stated, the SEC is full of cheaters and scumbags! 6 of those hick colleges should be on probation!

  8. blitz4848 says: Jul 21, 2010 4:48 PM

    @ Donna
    No doubt the string is blue and orange so the GATORS know not take a bite!!!!!
    You are right–sitting on this board when my kayak is sitting at the edge of the back yard waiting for me to go paddling……

  9. blitz4848 says: Jul 21, 2010 5:03 PM

    @ funi
    You have proved you are “brain dead”
    NOW do everyone a favor and go ahead & pull the plug…………

  10. WingT says: Jul 21, 2010 5:08 PM


  11. Booner says: Jul 21, 2010 6:46 PM

    So Donna, How you doooin?

  12. PossibleCabbage says: Jul 22, 2010 2:40 AM

    Actually, this is a bit of a complicated issue. If colleges ban NFL scouts and coaches from access to their players before the combine that punishes teams (as their ability to scout players diminishes greatly) and thus the league. However, the league does not license agents, the NFLPA does. I don’t think the NFLPA really stands to gain or lose anything from Saban’s threat. The only reason they would go along with banning agents who acted improperly is if they think it’s the right thing to do. You can’t really threaten them into doing so, though.

  13. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 22, 2010 8:36 AM

    If this story is true he is ineligible. Unfortunate about his mother but he is guilty as hell. I realize the writer is trying to prove he is a victim or didnt know but the prt about getting a receipt from Austin seems “absolutely rediculous”.
    I really dont know what schools can do to monitor these guys better. I also doubt this party is the first time all these guys took gifts.

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