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Saban addresses D.J. Pettway’s ‘horrible decision,’ return


It’s not often we devote a single post to a junior college signee, let alone multiple ones. D.J. Pettway, though, is no normal JUCO addition.

The defensive lineman, a four-star Alabama recruit in 2011, was dismissed by the Tide in February of this year after being charged with two felony counts related to the beating and robbery of a UA student.  Two days after Pettway proclaimed he was back with the Tide following a season at the JUCO level, UA confirmed the player’s return. Because of the resulting controversy, the school’s athletic director even felt compelled to release a statement addressing said return.

Absent, though, was a public comment from The Process One. Until now.

Sunday night, Nick Saban addressed the decision to both allow Pettway back into the football program specifically and to the university in general.  And, for posterity, here are the Alabama head coach’s Pettway quotes, by way of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

“The university made some things that this particular guy (D.J. Pettway) could do and if he did all those things, they would look at letting him back in school. Based on what he did, based on his punishment and penalty, and based on what was required for him to go through a series of things, the university would make a decision to let him back in school, which he wanted to come back. He did all of those things. The university made a decision that he could come back. We made a decision that we wanted him back. We know D.J. Pettway very well. He certainly made a mistake in terms of what he did. We felt that this one person, because he did the things he was required to do, deserved a second chance.”

“D.J. was never a bad guy when he was here. We never had a lot of problems with him before. He did make a horrible decision to be involved with this incident but his involvement and the severity of his punishment was based on his involvement. Those are the guidelines that were set for him to get an opportunity to come back.”

The incident to which Saban attaches the “horrible decision” label involved three UA football players, including Pettway, accused of “[punching] a student’s head and face and [kicking] him in the ribs and back area.”   The three — Pettway, linebacker Tyler Hayes and defensive back Eddie Williams — were charged with two counts each of felony second-degree robbery, with the charges related to the theft of an Apple laptop as well as a debit card. Running back Brent Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of a credit/debit card that was stolen in the attack.  All four were ultimately dismissed.

According to Saban, Pettway was the only one of the four who “[had the] opportunity” to return.

As for how Pettway wound his way back to Tuscaloosa, Saban acknowledged a potential return was discussed in the immediacy of the lineman’s dismissal.

“I told D.J. when the die was cast and this happened that if he did the things he was supposed to do we would certainly take it into consideration based on how he manages himself and things from now to coming back,” Saban said. “Until the university made the decision to allow him back in school, or cleared us to be able to recruit him, so we thought he could get back in school, we didn’t have any communication with him.”

As Yoda would say, stinks to high Heaven, this one does.

Or, as Mr. Vader once noted, the farce is strong with this one…

Nearly a year after dismissal, D.J. Pettway returns to the Tide


Back in February, D.J. Pettway was one of four Alabama football players who were dismissed after they were arrested and charged in connection to the beating and robbery of a fellow UA student.  Ten months later, the lineman is apparently back in the football program’s good graces.

Eastern Mississippi Community College announced on its Twitter feed Wednesday that Pettway “is now officially an ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE!”  The defensive lineman himself confirmed via Twitter he has “signed with Bama again today.”

Wednesday is the first day players from the JUCO level can officially sign with FBS programs.

For what it’s worth, Alabama has not yet announced Pettway’s addition to the roster.

It was reported Feb. 12 that Pettway, along with linebacker Tyler Hayes and defensive back Eddie Williams, had been charged with two felony counts of second-degree robbery.  The three accosted a male Alabama student, beat him and stole an Apple laptop as well as a debit card.

According to arrest warrants, D.J. Pettway, Eddie Williams and Tyler Hayes punched a student’s head and face and kicked him in the ribs and back area. 

Williams and Hayes admitted to the attack, which caused cuts to the victim’s face, a mild concussion and severe swelling, according to the warrants.

The fourth player, running back Brent Calloway, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.

All four were indefinitely suspended the same day news of the arrests surfaced.  Two weeks later, the quartet was dismissed from the football program, with Pettway ultimately landing at EMCC after getting clearance from a judge to leave the state.

Pettway was a four-star member of Alabama’s 2011 recruiting class.  He played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2012.

(Tip O’ the Cap: al.com)

Saturday offseason one-liners

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Some links from around college football on a Saturday… 

Breaking and important: Les Miles was almost in a SyFy movie called “Ghost Shark”. Instead, we’re left with the shattered dreams of what could have been.

— Speaking of acting, you have to hand it to Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. He was 100 percent committed in this prank he pulled on his players.

–The status of Kansas offensive lineman Pearce Slater is muddy at this time.

The Oklahoman examines the gamble of picking Trevor Knight as OU’s starting quarterback.

— Michigan State will be picking a starting quarterback on Monday.

— Wisconsin and Northwestern recently showed off some new lids for this season. These look pretty sharp.

— TCU has some new alternate unis as well.

— “Lane Kiffin, Ice Cream Man” is probably a horror film waiting to happen (you’re welcome, Hollywood).

— Oh, hello there, former Alabama football player Eddie Williams.

Court: dismissed Tide player can leave state for school in Miss.


Last week, D.J. Pettway was one of four Alabama football players dismissed from the program following their arrests in connection to a pair of on-campus robberies last month.

This week, it appears the former Tide defensive lineman is looking to move forward, even as he still has a pair of felonies hanging over his head.

According to al.com, a judge granted Pettway’s request to leave the state of Alabama in order to attend a school in Mississippi.  The order did not state which specific Mississippi school Pettway would be attending.

Pettway, along with fellow former Tide players Brent Calloway and Eddie Williams, have a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 19.  A preliminary hearing for the fourth former player, Tyler Hayes, has not been scheduled.

Pettway, Williams and Hayes were charged with two counts each of felony second-degree robbery three weeks ago, while Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of a credit/debit card related to the incidents. Additionally, Williams was arrested in a separate, previous incident for carrying a pistol without a license. He is also facing a charge of fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.

All four were indefinitely suspended by head coach Nick Saban Feb. 12, and were barred from the Tuscaloosa campus shortly thereafter.  They were dismissed by Saban last Thursday.

Saban addresses dismissal of four players


Earlier this afternoon, Nick Saban confirmed what’s long been a foregone conclusion: four players arrested in connection to a pair of robberies had been dismissed are no longer associated with the football program.

In response to the “parting of ways” with running back Brent Calloway, linebacker Tyler Hayes, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway and defensive back Eddie Williams, the Tide has sent out a press release with quotes from Saban addressing the decision.

Here are the quotes, in their entirety:

“Based on all the information we’ve received and gone through in trying to determine the future of the four guys that got in trouble, those guys are no longer associated with the football program. Their actions do not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect. It’s obviously very disappointing and unacceptable what happened. I’ve been really proud that over the last five years our team has done a very good job of their personal responsibility and how they represent the university, what they have done in the community, the classroom and on the field.

“We are going to continue to do as much as we can in personal development and character development in our program with education to try to help our guys have a chance to be more successful in life. Some people learn by words, some people learn by consequences, some people can’t learn.”