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Tide's Dareus slapped with two-game suspension

Most of the focus in the last couple of weeks regarding which players would be suspended for alleged illicit relationships with agents had centered on North Carolina and South Carolina.

As it turns out, the first player to officially receive sanctions as a result of that investigation is one who was mentioned early on in the probe but not much since.  And he’s a member of the defending national champions.

According to multiple reports, Alabama starting defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has been suspended for the first two games of the 2010 season.  The NCAA’s findings showed that Dareus must repay nearly $1,800 due to two trips to Miami this offseason that were deemed to have constituted preferential treatment/agent benefits.

Mitigating circumstances turned what was an original four-game suspension into two games; in this case, “mitigating circumstances” could include Dareus not intentionally violating NCAA bylaws and — here’s the key — he was truthful when questioned by NCAA investigators.

Here’s a portion of the NCAA’s release announcing the punishment:

“The university declared the student-athlete ineligible for violations of NCAA preferential treatment and agent benefits rules. According to the facts of the case submitted by Alabama, these benefits included airfare, lodging, meals and transportation during two trips to Miami, Florida.”

Head coach Nick Saban — if you listen close enough, you can actually hear the slow burn going on in the coach’s head regardless of where you are in the continental United States — released his own statement, and used it as a platform to remind people that the pimp scourge needs to be reigned in.

“We respect the decision but we are at the same time disappointed in the suspension. We’ll continue to support Marcell as we move forward. Hopefully Marcell and all involved have learned a valuable lesson from this and like I’ve said before, we will continue to work on establishing stronger legislation in terms of agent and financial advisor guidelines.”

The two-game suspension will force Dareus out of the opener against San Jose State and the Penn State game in Tuscaloosa.  It also means Alabama will be without two returning starters from their 2009 national title team; reigning Heisman winner Mark Ingram will miss at least the opener after undergoing knee surgery earlier in the week.

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11 Responses to “Tide's Dareus slapped with two-game suspension”
  1. rolltide says: Sep 2, 2010 8:27 PM

    Sounds about right.

  2. Donna says: Sep 3, 2010 12:25 PM

    Fortunately at BAMA one player is not replacement for the rest of the team. This is why good coaches stack the depth in certain positions when it comes to recruiting. Although Saban nor any coach expects to have to suspend a player the preparation to replace him should be the same as if he was injured.
    We will miss Dareus but at least we can be thankful that he’s not going to miss the entire season!
    ROLL TIDE!!!

  3. Lucky5927 says: Sep 3, 2010 12:39 PM

    “It is important to note that Marcell never intentionally violated any NCAA rules and did not knowingly receive any benefits from an agent,” Mike Ward, Alabama’s associate athletic director for compliance, said in a statement.
    ———————————————–
    This is such crap. How does a player not realize he did not pay for two plane tickets. If he didn’t pay for it and his family didn’t pay for it, how the hell did he not know it was paid for? I have been flying for years, and never woke up to free flight tickets under my pillow.
    Secondly, Dez Bryant was suspended last year for the whole season for lying to the NCAA. Yet this guy is suspended for only two (Very winnable) games?? If they really want to send a message to these athletes, then they need to drop the hammer on these kids who KNOW what they are doing. They need to instill a fear of losing a season and potentially damaging their draft prospects by even talking to an agent.
    And its not like Miami is even across country. Its a 14 hour drive from Tuscaloosa. He didn’t need to fly. The NCAA needs to stop playing patty-cake with offenders and suspend them for a season. Case Closed!

  4. Donna says: Sep 3, 2010 1:02 PM

    “This is such crap. How does a player not realize he did not pay for two plane tickets.”
    Ok plain and simple: He was invited on the trip and didn’t realize and agent/agent runner was behind the shin dig till he got there. Once he realized what the deal was he left.
    Also note in JT’s article that “mitigating circumstances” could include Dareus not intentionally violating NCAA bylaws and — here’s the key — he was truthful when questioned by NCAA investigators.
    Didn’t your mother ever tell you that its always better in the end if you tell the truth? Obviously the NCAA found creditable evidence that he did act once he determined this was not a event he should be at! Although it won’t matter by the rant you went on in your intial comment, his mother had just passed away a week before the trip. Not sure how close you are to your parents but loosing one is tramatic especially a mother!

  5. Lucky5927 says: Sep 3, 2010 1:43 PM

    Hey, I have been invited many places. Never once did I assume it was a free ride. I am sorry to hear about his mother, but that shouldn’t play a role in this.
    And about “his realization agents were behind it”, well, didn’t this happen twice? Come on man, how dumb do we have to assume this college educated kid is, before we just blow the BS whistle on him.
    Finally Donna, your missing the point of my rant. Any improper conduct with an agent should be handled with much harsher punishments. Plain and simple! My mother did teach me to always tell the truth. She also taught me that ignorance is no excuse. Once, I could understand as a fluke, but twice?? No way!

  6. Donna says: Sep 3, 2010 2:10 PM

    @ Lucky5927:
    The only thing that can be said at this point is obviously he proved to those he needed to that he was truthful and dealt with the situation once he realized that he could be in trouble for being there. They obviously have evidence to support their decision no matter what the general public thinks. Secondly, I’m fairly certain with the many other schools that are involved with investigations and the sanctions that have been handed down to USC that the investigators with the NCAA have their documentation in order.
    If you are insinuating that BAMA is getting some type of special treatment think again my friend, we have never been given preferential treatment with any of their investigations.

  7. Lucky5927 says: Sep 3, 2010 2:42 PM

    Again, my point is the NCAA should come down harder on these guys. I am not talking about a school being punished; I am talking about an individual player being punished. They should make an example out of him to encourage other players to think twice before “not realizing an agent was helping them out” on multiple occasions. And of course I’m not insinuating Bama is receiving specialized treatment. You may not realize this being that you are seemingly a Bama fan, but the college football universe does not revolve around your program anymore like it did 30 years ago. I could care less if Alabama is receiving specialized treatment. It’s not going to stop them from losing a game or two this year, and its not going to stop their head coach bolting for another job when he gets bored with the once “prestigious” Bama job.

  8. Donna says: Sep 3, 2010 3:13 PM

    “They should make an example out of him to encourage other players to think twice before “not realizing an agent was helping them out”
    Why an example out of him??????????????? Are you not concerned with the intergrity of the other players at other universities that are tied into this same party, like Georgia, UNC, SC, etc.?? That might be called for if he did like say Reggie Bush, take gifts knowingly and then LIE ABOUT IT!!
    His punishment came first because he was forthcoming. If you don’t care about BAMA and you have a crystal ball telling you how their season is going to go then you should also know with that same telepathy how the NCAA got to their conclusion!!!!

  9. Lucky5927 says: Sep 3, 2010 4:16 PM

    Well, UNC has alread suspended some of their players indefinitely. USC is on probation. Georgia is a mess and SC is in some trouble as well. But I will repeat this slowly for you, since you are a Bama fan… I feel ALL players associated with an agent should be suspended for the season. Hence, my concern for the integrity of the sport. And yes, I feel the Bama kid should be grouped in with the punishment. And I don’t need a crystal ball to know Bama plays in the toughest conferene in America, and that history shows that a repeat is highly unlikely. As far as I am concerned, this matter is closed. And I will not check back to see if Donna, the Alabama fan, has pushed her work off to the side again to defend her guilty all-american calibur player.

  10. Donna says: Sep 3, 2010 5:41 PM

    “And I will not check back to see if Donna, the Alabama fan, has pushed her work off to the side again to defend her guilty all-american calibur player. ”
    LMAO………………………………………………………………
    Oh, Oh, I’m so sorry baby, take yo toys and go home as we can continue to play without them. Tell mommy I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings!
    Meanwhile Donna “the Alabama fan” will not come back to the play yard known as CFT today even though Donna has finished her work yesterday and had the day off today! I just love how you tried to insult me not even knowing my work schedule, you know everybody doesn’t work a 9-5 monday through friday!!!!

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