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Report: Tide assistant S&C coach placed on leave for providing impermissible benefits

HaHa Clinton-Dix AP

In the words of Twitter, welp.

Yesterday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban confirmed that starting safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had been indefinitely suspended for violating unspecified team rules.  Today,  we’ve learned just what the violation may involve… and the fact that an Alabama football staffer has been caught up in it as well.

According to the Tuscaloosa News, UA assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly providing impermissible benefits to Clinton-Dix.  Harris, the school’s compliance department discovered, had given the player a short-term loan of what the paper describes as less than $500; the player turned over bank statements showing the withdrawal of money to repay the coach.

NCAA rules prohibit any coach from providing money to a student-athlete, up to and including the loaning of money.

Making the matter even murkier is that the compliance department, during their investigation, found that Harris has a connection to a representative of a sports agent.  Just what Harris’ connection is was not detailed.

The News wrote that “UA’s internal investigation has found no indication that Clinton-Dix has had contact with any agent or agent representative.”

It’s not known how long Clinton-Dix will remain suspended — or, more accurately, how long it will be until he’s reinstated and what conditions he must meet for his reinstatement.

Neither the school nor Saban has addressed this latest development, although a statement and/or press release is expected at some point today.  If Harris did indeed violate NCAA bylaws, we don’t expect him to be long for Saban’s extended coaching staff.

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43 Responses to “Report: Tide assistant S&C coach placed on leave for providing impermissible benefits”
  1. elwaysagenius says: Oct 3, 2013 3:54 PM

    Now the NCAA will overreact and take away the last 3 Nat’l championships. SEC SEC SEC

  2. BrownsTown says: Oct 3, 2013 3:58 PM

    You could knock me over with a feather right now….

    http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/tag/tom_al-betar

  3. stoicpaisano says: Oct 3, 2013 4:01 PM

    Wait, a bank statement showing a withdrawal of x amount is supposed to prove the withdrawal was made as a repayment?

    Unless it was Chase Quick Pay with Harris’ name on the transaction, that shouldn’t fly.

  4. overratedgators says: Oct 3, 2013 4:02 PM

    $EC! $EC! $EC!

  5. beavertonsteve says: Oct 3, 2013 4:04 PM

    I wish my credit card accepted a bank withdrawl as proof of payment.

  6. 11inthebox says: Oct 3, 2013 4:14 PM

    Happens at every program.
    Every. Program.

  7. thegamecocker says: Oct 3, 2013 4:26 PM

    Trouble, trouble, trouble…..what was that strength and conditioning coach thinking when he did that? Even if the amount of money was small? But being practical, someone loans $500 and because you’re a student-athlete, you are not allowed to do that. Isn’t it a little rediculous already? The rules have to change because this is making a “mountain out of a molehill”. This shouldn’t be a violation. I guess the coach in this case was being a human being, saw a kid in need and helped him out. Let’s move on……Paul Harnish wants to sign up for Obamacare and we’re here discussing this nonsense. Paul needs to be put back on his medicine before he really loses it. He needs his Unemployment Check and his bully-pulpit to continue his tirade as the “CHIEF OF RACIST POLICE”. He formerly served in during the McCarthy era when “everyone was a communist”.

  8. Deb says: Oct 3, 2013 4:33 PM

    No point saying anything yet until more details are forthcoming. If the compliance department caught it in time, took appropriate steps, and reported it as required, it won’t be anything to worry about. As someone else posted, these things go on in every program … that’s why they all have compliance departments.

  9. ttalarico says: Oct 3, 2013 4:40 PM

    @11inthebox

    And what proof do you have that it happens in every program. I don’t believe every program is that stupid!

    @thegamecocker

    Maybe it is unfair but right now it’s a rule, therefore there should be consequences. End of story!!

  10. youcantmakemepickausername says: Oct 3, 2013 4:48 PM

    @11inthebox

    And what proof do you have that it happens in every program. I don’t believe every program is that stupid!
    ————————————————–
    He doesn’t have to have proof. The way he said that it happens at every program, but then ended his comment with “Every. Program.” automatically and emphatically proves his point. I think that’s some type of internet rule.

    It’s like ending a written or spoken comment with a Stephen A Smith-like PERIOD.

    Some things just make a person’s opinion or comment that much more correct.

  11. 11inthebox says: Oct 3, 2013 5:02 PM

    @ttalarico :
    As far as my “credentials,” you wouldn’t believe me if I told you..

    The term “impermissible benefits” is an extremely broad term. It could be anything from giving a player cash to a university employee loaning his car to a player’s uncle in order to allow that uncle to go to the drug store in order to purchase baby formula.

    My point is these rules ( some of which are utterly ridiculous) are routinely broken (purposely and accidentally) at every program.

    Every. Program.

  12. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Oct 3, 2013 5:12 PM

    So they are going to vacate last years championship, and whatever comes of this season right?

    That’s what a good, clean program will do. Playing ineligible players last year and this year (and there are at least two more in this scandal *cough* Amari Cooper *cough*) and having coaches give players illegal benefits should be an immediate forfeiture of any and all games that an ineligible player participated in right?

    (lol jk itz da sec)

  13. Deb says: Oct 3, 2013 5:20 PM

    Oh my gosh, there are a lot of asses on this site. But for all their ranting, they have no impact on how these things play out.

    If it makes you boys feel better to believe Alabama or SEC teams are corrupt, all other teams are lily white, and Alabama has won three of the last four national championships because a strength and conditioning coach lent a safety less than $500 … by all means … rant on. Bless your little hearts.

  14. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Oct 3, 2013 5:27 PM

    @Deb

    2010 Bama Fans: CAM NEWTON IS A CHEATER VACATE AUBURNS TITLE *************

    2013: Bama Fans: Whatever everyone does it you’re just jealous #YOLO

  15. Deb says: Oct 3, 2013 5:35 PM

    @YouMad …

    Deb says:
    Oct 12, 2011 6:06 PM
    Hey, blitzburghgator and the katman, would you feel better if the NCAA had sanctioned Auburn without any proof they paid the kid? Come on.

    According to the bylaws, Cam should have been ruled ineligible based on his father’s solicitation of MSU. You can be angry with the NCAA for that. But you can’t be angry with them for closing the investigation after 13 months of failing to find any evidence. The political corruption cases involving Auburn boosters are being retried, and some information may yet be found on those 2,500 hours of audiotapes made by the feds. The NCAA has said they’ll revisit if new information emerges. Until and unless that happens, it’s time to let it go.

    Do I believe it’s likely Auburn paid for his services? Yes. But I also believe people are innocent until proved guilty. You can’t hang people on supposition. And Cam & co. did beat us fair and square on the field. Nothing will change that.

    Congratulations to the Tigers.

    You were saying?

  16. 700levelvet says: Oct 3, 2013 5:41 PM

    “It’s not known how long Clinton-Dix will be suspended” ….
    Yes it is…. Until the LSU game.

  17. idolized1 says: Oct 3, 2013 5:48 PM

    I know people love to hate on both the SEC and Alabama, but can we be honest here for a bit?

    Who is really, truly, deeply offended that a kid got a $500 “loan”?

    Who are we all kidding by thinking that being a big name player for a big name college in the United States of gawd’am America DOESN’T come with some benefits?

    I’m not saying they should receive the world, or even anything at all, but how is a booster or an agent, or a local burger joint slipping some kid a $50 every now and then somehow ruining both the athlete and the sport itself?

    The NCAA is just like our broken, idiotic government.

    Sit there all day, not doing ****, and making more and more stupid rules every hour that everyone has to follow but them. (Ask Manziel how it’s cool they can profit from his own likeness but he can’t)

    I am so sick of hearing about a kid getting a ride home from practice by some assistant coach (at any school) and being investigated like a common criminal by the hypocritical NCAA.

    I’m not an Alabama or SEC fan, but this story and others like it are just so damn dumb.

    These kids accepting money or rides or whatever petty little perks they get are in no way, shape or form illegal.

    Until they actually break the law, who cares if they follow the 800,000+ rules the NCAA vomits up.

    If an agent wants to risk his own money by paying a kid he thinks will use his services then let it be between them. If a restaurant gives an athlete free food, then that’s on them.

    The number of players getting these benefits wouldn’t increase a lot higher than they are now the way it seems if they were legal.

    People still need to pay these things.

    Obviously the “rules” aren’t preventing much and with the absence of the NCAA I doubt this kind of thing would be much worse.

    And even so, who cares if some kid is given money or gets his families rent paid by a willing party?

    None of any of our damn business.

    Period.

  18. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 3, 2013 5:51 PM

    This is the problem with the NCAA as it is constructed now. If the coach didn’t give him the money he would have got it somewhere else.

    I don’t think universities should pay the players in the sense of writing them a check every month, but players should get a percentage of their jersey sales. The should also be able to sell their autograph or any of their gear (like the Ohio State players) that was given to them.

  19. thermanmerman99 says: Oct 3, 2013 6:06 PM

    did dwarfboy saban learn about this while he was getting his hair dyed at the salon? well actually we all know $aban already knew about this stuff from the beginning since he does the same thing. need to investigate dwarfboy for his purchase of a Yukon for T-rent Richardson

  20. mauldawg says: Oct 3, 2013 6:07 PM

    Shocked just shocked. I bet NS will say if he has not already said it ” I knew nothing about it”.
    Saban ,Kiffin ,and Myers. Same tree same apple. Nothing will be done by the NCAA.

  21. thermanmerman99 says: Oct 3, 2013 6:08 PM

    and if alabama were playing georgia instead of georgia state this week, dwarfboy $aban wouldve started him anyway at all costs.

  22. dkhhuey says: Oct 3, 2013 6:22 PM

    @Idol – sadly, these idiotic rules coming out of the NCAA are because schools cannot control themselves or police themselves and have done anything and everything to gain an advantage! Plain and simple!!!

  23. idolized1 says: Oct 3, 2013 6:27 PM

    @dkhuey:

    Well, aren’t sports all about using anything and everything you can to gain an advantage, or “win” as it’s commonly known?

    Until these schools start committing murder, money laundering, extortion, etc… to give them an edge on Saturdays, I won’t buy into it.

    Again, a few hundred bucks and some car rides aren’t exactly an indication of “Schools Gone Wild” or some nonsense that the NCAA would have you believe.

  24. Deb says: Oct 3, 2013 7:17 PM

    thermanmerman99 …

    A couple of years ago Saban sat a key starter for a bowl game for a lesser infraction, so you don’t know anymore about the coach than you do comedy. How long are you going to keep babbling about hair dye before you get a new schtick?

  25. arlingtonsynn says: Oct 3, 2013 7:37 PM

    Excuse the crudeness, but something I was always wondering…

    What if Ha Ha had sex with the coach and the ‘loan’ was payment for it?

    I bet the only reason the NCAA would care about a player prostituting himself is because that’s for them to do.

  26. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 3, 2013 8:25 PM

    Finally, an SEC story that isn’t about Johnny Manziel.

  27. barkleyblows says: Oct 3, 2013 9:17 PM

    Nothing will happen… This is the SECheat. This is the norm.

  28. Romulus says: Oct 4, 2013 12:05 AM

    I always knew deb was a crimson neck. Burying their heads in the sand. WDE.

  29. dcroz says: Oct 4, 2013 8:30 AM

    The main thing the NCAA looks for is lack of institutional control. If you catch the problem, report it in a timely manner, and suspend or punish those involved, then chances are you have little to worry about from the NCAA. If it’s the NCAA that catches the problem without you self-reporting it, then that’s when the long knives come out, and if you fight the charges (or lie) that makes things even worse.

    Look at Ohio State’s case. The school itself was not going to be punished for the players trading memorabilia for tattoos, as the NCAA was not going to force the Buckeyes to vacate wins in which the players participated and even let them play in the Sugar Bowl. It was only when evidence emerged that Jim Tressel lied as to when he found out about the violation and only reported it when the FBI raided the tattoo parlor and found the items in question so that he no longer had any credible deniability that OSU got slammed with sanctions.

    Or look at USC. When the Reggie Bush story broke, the NCAA argued that the Trojans should have known what was going on. Whether this was true or not, what really caused the NCAA to invoke the wrath of God was how the school fought the allegations tooth-and-nail even though the evidence was overwhelming that Bush had accepted improper benefits. Same was true of Alabama in the Albert Means case, where fighting back was interpreted as arrogance and the NCAA punished accordingly.

    If Alabama did report this as soon as the compliance department became aware of it and there is no indication that it dragged its feet, then the NCAA will suspend HaHa for however many games its feels is appropriate and that will be the end of it. Only if there is something discovered that proves Saban or a compliance officer knew about it and sat on it will this blow up into something much bigger.

    As long as Alabama fulfilled

  30. bamabelle3 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:42 AM

    Hey, thermanmerman99…I guess you either have a crystal ball or you have an inside source to tell you everything you already know? NOT. How do you know Saban has known all along? If that were the case Clinton-Dix would have been suspended long ago. I think the report is that the compliance department “just” discovered, and also discovered the money had been paid back. Now, before you go shooting off your mouth about what you “know”…I suggest you do some research and provide PROOF of your so-called information!

    And all of you other idiots who think a loan of $500 constitutes the stripping of national titles need to look at other schools who have done MUCH worse than provide a loan to a player. Auburn? Ohio State? USC? Texas A&M? You aren’t an NCAA employee, you aren’t a member of a compliance department, so stop trying to tell them how to do their job! I think they can handle it without your opinion!

  31. bamabelle3 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:47 AM

    Taken from AL.COM article:

    “HaHa Clinton-Dix allegedly received a $500 loan from assistant strength coach Corey Harris. Of course it wasn’t the best move for either party.

    But will it be the doomsday scenario for a rising star and/or the two-time defending national champions?

    Not likely. At least not right now.

    The loan was repaid, standard procedure in such cases. The only remaining question involves Harris’ connection to sports agents.

    Even if that’s the case, and that’s far from proven, what does it mean for Clinton-Dix? Suspensions for similar violations typically span a few games said NCAA compliance expert John Infante

    “From Clinton-Dix’s perspective, even if the coach is deemed an agent, it is still not that serious of a violation,” Infante told the Alabama Media Group on Thursday.

    David Ridpath, another former compliance officer and Ohio University professor, said Alabama is following the correct procedures. He doesn’t expect anything major to come of this given the NCAA’s internal issues relating to compliance.”

  32. bamabelle3 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:52 AM

    THANK YOU dcroz!!!!!!!! Well stated!

  33. paulhargis53 says: Oct 4, 2013 10:33 AM

    Who is Paul Harnish?

    Its good to see that im in your head so much that first, you can’t even type my name right, and secondly, your post is mostly dedicated to “trying” to ridicule me than the topic at hand.
    You’re an old racist fool.

    As to the situation, paying players and giving them extra benefits has been going on since the beginning of college sports at every big name school. To believe otherwise is to be naive and willfully ignorant.

  34. dhardy8207 says: Oct 4, 2013 10:39 AM

    My my my, I see the usual piranhas are out in true “rip them to shreds” fashion..

    What I find absolutely amazing is that obviously none of the “holier than thou” commentors on here remember or can relate to how broke most youngsters are during those college years. Despite a full ride scholarship there are expenses that are not covered. I think car repair just might be one. How many of you right now this instance would have to take out a “loan” in the event that your ride broke down and was going to cost several hundred dollars to fix? Here’s the comical part, see you can’t get a bank to loan you money if you don’t have a job and most college kids playing ball are prevented from working.

    I can see if the “benefits” were lavish (a $700,000.00 house) *cough* but a LOAN for car repair is far from that and the loan was repaid. My kid went to college on a basketball scholarship that only covered books and tuition, I had to put out $3400.00 a year for room and board. My son’s hooptie did break down and it had to sit for a week till I could get it repaired, but not all parents can do that. Lets face it honestly, most of these kids or parents couldn’t afford the schools they go to without their atheletic scholarship, but should that mean that they can’t have help with an unexpected emergency if need be.

    The story around DJ Fluker, his family lost everything in hurricane Katrina. Should it be that just because he’s on a scholarship that he didn’t warrant assistance or that any help he was given was strictly so BAMA could captilize on him playing there despite he was already signed on as a commitment.

    Judging by some of the comments here some of you must surely have been blessed to never fall victim to unexpected and costly circumstances.

    I think if most of the commentors here would post off of common sense not bias opinions, and be truthful about their own experiences at that age, the comments here would be far less accusatory and hateful than currently posted…

  35. dkhhuey says: Oct 4, 2013 1:26 PM

    Coach potentially violates NCAA rules by giving player money for a program that is already on probation for past major violations amidst other allegations of wrong doing! It will be interesting to watch where this one goes! My money goes on the side of the ‘move along – nothing to see here’ type ruling!

  36. Deb says: Oct 4, 2013 2:49 PM

    Romulus says:

    I always knew deb was a crimson neck.
    ————————————————-
    You always knew I was a Bama fan? My, you are smart! What gave me away?

  37. tobeexact says: Oct 4, 2013 2:50 PM

    I will say its riduculous, and see nothing wrong with helping the kid out. They made a big deal out of larry johnson buying a penn state player a suit so he could attend his mothers funeral not looking like a slob.
    There is nothing for the ncaa to do about this , end of story.
    Just look at oregon who paid an agent to sway recriuts and they got no punishment, then look at south carolina where there was a ton of money forked out to players and families, nothing happened, and miss st nothing happened.
    But this doesnt even register as a violation period and if the ncaa gets involved it will only bring there demise that much quicker. The kid being able to drive his car definitely does not qualify as an advantage on the field of play , unless you really wanted to stretch it and say he used it in order to get to football games half way around the country,please this is so stupid that it made the news and the only reason itdid is because its alabama.

  38. dcroz says: Oct 4, 2013 2:53 PM

    dkhuey: Alabama is not on probation for anything. If you’re thinking about the textbook deal, the probation for that ended a few years ago. And what allegations against the Tide is the NCAA currently investigating? If you’re talking about the DJ Fluker deal, the reporters who wrote the story have already said they are not going to hand over anything to the NCAA, they can’t force Fluker to talk since he’s now in the NFL and out from under their control, and the agent representative in question has also publicly denied everything and the NCAA can’t force him to talk, either. And not for nothing, but no member of Alabama’s staff has been implicated in it.

  39. dkhhuey says: Oct 4, 2013 9:53 PM

    Sorry – meant to say repeat offender window!

  40. taintedlombardis says: Oct 5, 2013 2:52 AM

    The only people that believe Alabama runs a clean program are the stupid gumps that root for them.

    When is enough…enough?

    Time for the Death Penalty.

  41. ironman721 says: Oct 5, 2013 11:00 AM

    $€C

  42. waynefontes says: Oct 5, 2013 2:52 PM

    taintedlombardis says:
    Oct 5, 2013 2:52 AM
    The only people that believe Alabama runs a clean program are the stupid gumps that root for them.

    When is enough…enough?

    Time for the Death Penalty.
    —————————————————

    Do you ever do anything on here but complain?

    All you do is whine about the SEC. With a name like “taintedlombardis”, you obviously are whining about either the Patriots or the Steelers.

    I don’t know which, because you never promote your team. You never cheer for your team, you’re too busy whining about the SEC. You can’t even cheer for your NFL team, you just whine about those “tainted Lombardi trophies”.

    It must suck to be you. Try to cheer on your inept favorites, instead of whining and complaining about superior teams.

  43. waynefontes says: Oct 5, 2013 3:13 PM

    barkleyblows says:
    Oct 3, 2013 9:17 PM
    Nothing will happen… This is the SECheat. This is the norm.
    —————————————————-

    The norm is you whining about the SEC. Which makes sense, considering how bad the SEC has manhandled Ohio State teams in sports. You’re better than “taintedlombardis”, at least you’ll support your team online.

    By the way, the only way Ohio State could ever beat the SEC in a bowl is to use ineligible players. It cost you your head coach, but hey anything to help stop an 0 for 10 slide.

    You should be proud of your cheaters.

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