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What a coincidence: Alabama disassociates itself from T-Town owner

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“Disassociation Day” continues on in full-fledged glory today here at CFT.

Earlier, we noted that Ohio State announced it would be “completely disassociated” from former quarterback Terrelle Pryor for five years after the school declared Pryor would be ineligible for the entire 2011 season and accused him of failure to cooperate with the NCAA’s investigation of the program.

Now, it appears Alabama is doing — or, has done — the same with another individual who has the potential to cause more than a few NCAA headaches for the Tide down the road.

The Birmingham News writes today that the University of Alabama has disassociated itself from T-Town men’s store owner for three years, but that the school sent the letter to the store back in March.

You can check out the letter in its entirety HERE.

“Due to the concerns expressed in our letter to Mr. Albetar dated March 31, 2011, we disassociated him from our program,” Alabama associate athletic director of compliance Mike Ward said in a news release. “As we always do in matters of this nature, we discussed this matter with the SEC Office. Because we found no evidence of any NCAA violation, we did not self-report a violation.”

Alabama had also sent a cease and desist letter to T-Town asking that the store stop selling autographs of UA student-athletes. To escalate the matter further, a photo was found of Tide running back Trent Richardson signing what appeared to be a football jersey with a name on the back and a fixed price tag.

Under NCAA bylaws, student-athletes cannot knowingly sign memorabilia with the knowledge that it will be sold for commercial purposes. Likewise, a store cannot sell memorabilia that has a student-athlete’s name attached to it.

“The institution must remain cautious regarding any relationship you may have with its student-athletes beyond that of a store owner and customer,” the letter said. “As the owner of a local business, the institution is reliant on you to heed all instructions provided by the institution and its compliance staff regarding adherence to NCAA rules.”

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22 Responses to “What a coincidence: Alabama disassociates itself from T-Town owner”
  1. pricecube says: Jul 26, 2011 9:33 PM

    “They wear their uniform at the game they wear ‘my uniform’ *wink wink* after the game….”

    Apparently Julio Jones has AT LEAST 16 of these custom fitted suits…

    http://outkickthecoverage.com/julio-jones-the-man-of-many-suits.php

  2. paparoach25 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:12 PM

    deb I’m waiting for your comment

  3. Spencer says: Jul 26, 2011 10:30 PM

    I wonder if the NCAA can tear itself away from the Auburn witch hunt for a few minutes to look into this.

  4. rolltide510 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:45 PM

    oh noez here comes teh probashun!

    [I’d go into how there’s a specific NCAA stipend for the sole purpose of players being able to rent suits so they can be wearing a suit as they get off the bus (note that’s rent, not buy, which is why Julio has so many of those ironic/ugly, obviously not custom fitted suits), but I’d rather just troll]

    So guys, what you do you think, about like USC got in terms of postseason ban and scholarship reductions, or death penalty because we’re repeat offenders? I hear they might just bulldoze Tuscaloosa.

  5. pricecube says: Jul 26, 2011 10:55 PM

    @rolltide510

    Laugh it up chucklehead… I think this is going to be worse than OSU Tattgait…

  6. Deb says: Jul 26, 2011 10:56 PM

    @paparoach25 …

    Hi, honey ;)

    My first comment is that I cannot believe I’ve spent 136 days reading mind-numbing legalese about the stupid CBA and the freaking day after they finally declare we’re free at last to talk about actual football I’m sitting here reading some mind-numbing legalese Alabama has sent this twit store owner. Just for that, I’d like to beat the guy over the head with a broom.

    They said in the letter they’ve warned this guy Albetar on several occasions about crossing these lines. Wouldn’t it have been easier to make an announcement to the players not to appear in his videos or sign his merchandise? Just a thought …

    I’ve always credited Saban with being both too smart and too much of a … well … jerk (and I mean that in the fondest way) to let the team get mixed up in some big public silliness like this. Alabama’s dealt with the infractions police before, and knows what a tempting target Big Al is. If they’re saying they’ve dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s. If it comes out that they were stupid enough to let these players nullify their eligibility in full view of the public, then we’re screwed … and deservedly so. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  7. Deb says: Jul 26, 2011 10:59 PM

    @pricecube …

    Well, honey, of course you think that :)

  8. rolltide510 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:30 PM

    @pricecube:

    Listen, I totally agree. The NCAA is going to drop the hammer on us over this, Saban will leave to coach Ohio State, Cyrus K will transfer to Auburn where his heart was all along, and we’ll all finally have to come to terms with our lyin’ cheatin’ bammer ways.

  9. pricecube says: Jul 26, 2011 11:42 PM

    @rolltide510

    I hope you’re right and it ends up being nothing… but I think this story has legs. The way the NCAA works though the hammer will be dropped on the incoming Freshman class of 2016…
    :)

  10. brownsfrown says: Jul 27, 2011 2:21 AM

    @Deb:

    You sure let a lot of “honeys” loose in this thread. I know we agreed to have a great summer, but I never called any of my encounters “honey.”

    Pouting my way to the ‘Bama opener!

  11. lakesidegator says: Jul 27, 2011 5:23 AM

    The NCAA will bury the Tide
    A crimson “A” on the coffin lid
    The Clerk below, the Court above
    Pronounce it dead; the corpse is hid.

    “Farewell” — a sad word not easily said
    (Yet joyfully sung, I think, by some)

    So, shake hands forever, Alabama fan
    And cancel all your faithful vows
    And if, in the future, you folks should meet again
    Be it not seen in any of your brows
    That there one spark of former love remain.

    Signed,
    The-Rest-Of-The-SEC

  12. etsj says: Jul 27, 2011 7:28 AM

    http://suitgate.blogspot.com

    I don’t know if the NCAA had this much hard evidence on even OSU! Note that even Saban is featured in some of these pics. I think bammer tried to hush this up with the old “nothing to see here” routine and that is really going to cost them! Bye-Bye National Championship #8? (or the preposterous #13 bammers “claim”), so long Mr. Richardson we hardly knew ya!

  13. Deb says: Jul 27, 2011 12:05 PM

    @etsj …

    Evidence of what? That an uberfan has gotten his photo taken with a lot of Bama players and coaches. Heck, there’s photo of him with Joe Namath. Saban has made a sport of pissing off the big-money boosters–that’s one reason they were against hiring him. He doesn’t kowtow to them. So, again, the fact that all these photos have been on public display is more indication that this is innocent, Goober.

    The Tat5 sold and traded their autographs and their own limited edition rings, gold pants, etc. The only reason it came to light is because the feds found the stuff during a drug raid. The defendant’s lawyer was an ex-OSU guy and breached client confidentiality to tell Tressel some of his players were involved. It was all under the table–as most rulebreaking is.

    This is a fan collecting autographs from coaches, current players, ex players in broad daylight for all the world to see, putting them on public display in his mall store and posting the photos on the Internet.

    Like rolltide510 said, the NCAA provides a stipend for suit rental, and obviously this guy provides the team’s suits. It’s an issue because of the appearance of impropriety and the nature of rivals and media vultures to look for dirt. Y’all have fun with it, but the more public stuff you find, the more innocent it looks.

  14. Deb says: Jul 27, 2011 12:08 PM

    @lakesidegator …

    No amount of wishful thinking or bad ditties will erase the images of offensive linemen holding hands to face the Alabama defense or the silent stream of Timmy’s tears. You were decimated on the field. That will never change.

    Have a nice day :D

  15. Deb says: Jul 27, 2011 12:10 PM

    brownsfrown …

    You left me all alone, darlin’ … what’s a girl to do?

    But “honey” is just a figure of speech ;)

  16. latrobe21 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:55 PM

    Deb,

    I’d be your honey, any day. Are you coming to State College on September 10?

  17. pricecube says: Jul 27, 2011 2:37 PM

    @Deb

    “That an uberfan has gotten his photo taken with a lot of Bama players and coaches.”

    __________________________________

    He had sideline passes. How many people get those? There are pictures of the guy on the sidelines during multiple games. If you watch the multitude of videos on youtube or check out the reams of photos he seemed to have an unusual level of access. He was having dinner with the players. He was filming commercials for his store with amateur athletes. Even if you give the benefit of the doubt and assume there was no quid pro quo arrangement… this is just sooo stupid.

    Also regarding this ncaa suit rental stipend… can you show a source on that? If I google it this thread seems to be the only mention on the internet of such a thing and I have never heard of it before. Not saying it doesn’t exist… just asking for a little evidence.

    google search for “ncaa suit rental stipend”:

    http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&source=hp&q=ncaa+suit+rental+stipend&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=f47635babc3f58f6&biw=1280&bih=611

  18. Deb says: Jul 27, 2011 3:12 PM

    @latrobe21 …

    Oooh, a proposition from one of my own!! But no … I won’t be at State College :( Go Steelers!!

    @pricecube …

    Uh-huh, I can give you a source on that … rolltide510 ;) But seriously, I guess rolltide510 is talking about something like this:

    NCAA Bylaw 16.12.2
    Student-Athletes in Financial Need

    A student-athlete may request additional financial aid (with no obligation to repay such aid) from a fund established pursuant to a special
    financial need program approved by the Council to assist students with special financial needs. The institution may provide reasonable local
    transportation in conjunction with financial assistance approved under this program. (Adopted:1/10/91, Revised: 1/10/95)

    This aid specified here can be used for clothing and shoes up to $500 (unless that amount has increased since 1995). There may be other similar bylaws in play that could be applied to clothing as well. These people are slap-happy with rules.

    Even cheap suits are expensive on a student athlete’s budget. And since all players from all programs wear them at off-field events, there must be some kind of arrangement to allow for that.

    Just read a new article that said the advertisements with McElroy, Mt. Cody, etc., were filmed after they graduated. I see ads like that for Tuscaloosa businesses whenever I’m in town. Same thing must happen with former Auburn players. Guess this guy’s just gone to far with displaying memorabilia from current players.

  19. pricecube says: Jul 27, 2011 7:14 PM

    @Deb

    I don’t know the exact time frame on this video but it openly advertises the event as “Senior Day” which would lead one to believe they were still in school… but they may have all dropped out and headed for the NFL… The season would certainly be over in April obviously.

    I know that there are time stamps on a lot of the photos from facebook… and even dates as to when the photos first appeared on facebook… so I am sure we will find out. The internet is truly frightening.

  20. paparoach25 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:37 PM

    @ deb u got them good .

    @ the rest there is no chance of winning this

  21. Deb says: Jul 28, 2011 12:47 AM

    @pricecube …

    Do you know what is happening in the NFL right now?? I can’t keep up with all this stuff and make a living, too. And I must keep up with free agency. I must! :shock:

    I was referring to the videos featuring the players themselves talking about T-Town–those were filmed after the players graduated. This video you’ve posted flashed photos of the players. Alabama said in its letter that they’d warned him before about using player images in his advertising. My guess is that the Senior Day event fell within the rules or that the players had already left school. I wasn’t paying attention to all the players, but Javier Arenas was drafted into the NFL that month, so he’d already left.

    Honestly, I don’t think anything is going to come of this. Alabama went through the ringer with Dubose, and made some stupid mistakes in the handling of that situation, which caused the school to take a much harder hit in sanctions than it should have. I’m hoping they’ve wised up since then. Saban’s nobody’s fool. Alabama has been over this stuff with the SEC, and clearly feels comfortable that everything is in order. That probably means they’re confident in their documentation of dates, times, etc. That last bit of nonsense stirred up by the Rivals.com guy turned out to be nothing. I think this will be more of the same.

    If I’m wrong, we’ll cross that bridge when the NCAA makes a move. Until then, I’m not worried about it. The only thing on my football radar this week is which NFL players are going where and how Pittsburgh will spend its player personnel budget :)

  22. Deb says: Jul 28, 2011 12:48 AM

    @paparoach25 …

    Thank you :)

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