Ahhh crap.

I’m calling bullshit on this one. Looks like we aren’t going to get that two player advantage this weekend:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 5 Alabama will have two of its key offensive players for the opener Saturday night against No. 7 Virginia Tech.

The NCAA reinstated receiver Julio Jones and tailback Mark Ingram on Wednesday on the condition that they repay the cost of a Gulf Coast fishing trip paid for by businessman Curtis Anderson during the spring. An Alabama spokesman said the money had been paid to charity.

“According to the facts of the case submitted by Alabama, the student-athletes received impermissible food, lodging, transportation and entertainment from an individual with whom one of the student-athletes had become acquainted prior to enrolling in college,” the NCAA said in a statement.

“Consistent with NCAA membership requirements, the institution reported the violation and declared the student-athletes ineligible. As part of the reinstatement request, the institution required the student-athletes to make repayment of the value of the impermissible benefits to charity.”

Now, personally, I don’t see how they get off of this. They accepted impermissable stuff, against NCAA rules, and then can just pay it back and they’re off the hook? What the hell kind of bullshit is that? Conspiracy if you ask me. It’ll just be that much nicer when we beat ‘Bama on Saturday.

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2 Responses to “Ahhh crap.”

  1. A. Young Says:

    Don't you want to beat Bama when they are at their best?
    Also, as a former ncaa student athlete, its tough to remember all of the rules on what's ok and what's not. A fishing trip is slightly extreme but as long as they pay back the money, its ok.

  2. The Northerner Says:

    First off, I just want to beat Alabama. This isn't a rivalry thing, it's a I want to win as many games as possible this year thing. Second, it was a fishing trip. They didn't pay for it. Anyone should know that is illegal. Third, it just sets a precedent (or more accurately, the precedent has already been set) that it's OK to accept gifts, but just make sure that if you get caught you can pay them back. Kinda defeats the purpose of the rule.

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