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Update: Tide 'not aware of any issues with' Ingram trip

That certainly didn’t take long.

TMZ.com reported earlier Thursday afternoon that the NCAA is interested in speaking to Alabama running back Mark Ingram in relation to a trip to Washington D.C. the reigning Heisman winner took earlier this year.

According to Gentry Estes of the Mobile Press-Register, that’s not the case.

A university spokesperson told the paper the NCAA cleared the trip in advance and — the salient point here — is not interested in investigating Ingram.

“Mark provided all the appropriate documentation,” spokesman Doug Walker told the Press-Register, “and we are not aware of any issues with the visit.”

One of the issues cited by TMZ as being of interest to the NCAA were receipts Ingram was required to provide after being cleared for the D.C. trip by the NCAA; Walker told the paper that Ingram submitted the necessary receipts.

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  1. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 22, 2010 6:03 PM

    Good news Tide fans Dareus cleared
    http://friendsoftheprogram.net/2010/07/22/marcell-dareus-cleared-via-napkin-receipt/

  2. Deb says: Jul 22, 2010 10:50 PM

    John, that is what happens when you start wandering around skeezy neighborhoods. You hear all sorts of wild things … and you might pick up fleas.
    SoFlaTrojan … you’re being awfully sweet to us today :)

  3. BAtkins says: Jul 23, 2010 12:23 AM

    Deb
    he’s actually being the classical trashy trojaneer fan boi. I’d say he’s a douche’ bag, but that would be an insult to douche’ bags.

  4. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 23, 2010 7:58 AM

    Thanks Deb,
    The link was a joke but when I saw it I couldnt resist.

  5. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 23, 2010 9:03 AM

    Deb,
    I have no problem with Bama. After seeing the look on Meyers face in the 3rd quarter of the SEC championship game I almost became a silent fan.

  6. Donna says: Jul 23, 2010 9:13 AM

    Good morning people! TGIF!!!!! Well one player cleared got one more to go.

  7. blitz4848 says: Jul 23, 2010 9:23 AM

    @ SoFlaTrojan……SILENT????????

  8. Tradertrik says: Jul 23, 2010 9:24 AM

    SoFlaTrojan – eat mor chikn. Hahahahahahaha!
    Does anybody seriously think this exonterates Ingram from anything? Like it or not, he’ll be found not guilty when the NCAA says so.

  9. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 23, 2010 11:03 AM

    Tradertrik,
    Thats was good I actually did laugh out loud!!

  10. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 23, 2010 11:04 AM

    Tradertrik,
    Thats was good I actually did laugh out loud!!

  11. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 23, 2010 11:06 AM

    What is interesting is that he was with Joe Haden. There was alot of talk about another Gator and some people think it is Joe Haden.

  12. blitz4848 says: Jul 23, 2010 11:15 AM

    Joe Haden is an ex-Gator

  13. Donna says: Jul 23, 2010 11:38 AM

    @SoFlaTrojan:
    I understand the above post but as they were reporting last night when Ingram was interviewed on ESPN that there were 2 different parties. A lot of rumors are swirling and the fact that South Beach has been brought up in the initial probe, the party that Ingram and Haden was photoed at was not the South Beach episode that is looming over several players. I know you probably already know these details however it begs for the question: Who does the NCAA have out there or should I say how many snitches do they have that make it their business to follow these guys around during their summer off season.
    Like any other “employer” if I go on a trip to the beach while I’m on “vacation”, its none of my boss’s business if I talk with someone else about future possibilities. Its almost like saying these guys shouldn’t have a personal life because they play football. In the case of Dareous and Ingram who have not opted to go PRO, they are not transferring schools, so what would they have to gain if they attended a party even if an agent was there or threw the party and even if he paid for the weekend. His money comes when he persuades them to sign with a PRO team. What possible contribution can they give him IF they are not in a position or have not decided to opt for the NFL??

  14. blitz4848 says: Jul 23, 2010 11:48 AM

    $$$$$$ They want to be “their agent” when they do “officially” hire one………$$$$$$$$$

  15. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 23, 2010 12:20 PM

    Donna,
    I know Ingram was at a different party and it sounds like he went through all the right channels to be there and not committ a violation.
    Its not a violation to be at a party with agents. Its a violation to take gifts from them like plane tickets and hotel rooms.

  16. Donna says: Jul 23, 2010 12:41 PM

    @ Blitz4848:
    Thanks for answering my question but how is that any different from any other profession. There are perks in every aspect of business and as you guys have stated numerous times it all boils down to college ball is big business. Bare with me a moment here please. We have pharmaceutical reps that come into our office to give us “samples” of meds. They give us those to give them to patients once we write an RX for said drug. Occassionally we will get invitations to dinners where the bill is paid by the company to compensate us for our time. We get information during that dinner on the perks of using their drug. Sometimes a company will even sponsor a weekend “course” where we go and hear various physicians speak on the topic of choice. In exchange for that we get CEU’s or educational credits that prohibit us from having to retest to keep our license. How are these situations any different?
    Politicians do it all the time! They are given perks and wined and dined in order to get the time one needs to plead for their vote. If our students see this happening in the every day business world then why should they be subject to different rules?

  17. Deb says: Jul 23, 2010 2:28 PM

    Well, SoFlaTrojan, now you know I don’t follow your links. And I was a little suspicious of such complete capitulation ;)
    Donna is right. Students in every degree program are encouraged to meet with prospective employers and plan their careers. If they write or act, they’re free to sign with agents before graduating. It’s ridiculous that student athletes who make millions for their respective institutions are held to different standards.
    I appreciate the post by the track star who said all student athletes agree to abide by the rules and he couldn’t even accept a pair of track shoes. But why? When professional hockey and basketball players making enormous salaries can compete in the Olympics, WHY should a college track star be denied a pair of shoes to maintain his amateur status? How many millions does Michael Phelps earn in endorsement fees? He has an agent. But he’s still an “amateur” athlete eligible for Olympic competition.
    I hate that agents are corrupting these kids with under-the-table money. But the NCAA is THE most corrupt, hypocritical, schizophrenic organization in all sports. For that bunch to be the arbiter of anyone else’s morals is nuts. Someone should be investigating them.
    Especially since they all had to be smoking crack when they came up with those overtime rules.

  18. blitz4848 says: Jul 23, 2010 2:33 PM

    @ Donna
    They are student/athletes and are bound by NCAA rules which are fully explained in seminars & compliance classes.
    You are a professional and are being paid for your time. These students are being given an opportunity at an education as well as a chance to play collegiate athletics. No matter whether you think this is fair or not. Bottom line is they are legally bound by the contract they sign with the schools. The NCAA polices both the athletes and the schools—”sometimes” with one or BOTH eyes closed!!!!!!

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