Alabama assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris has been put on administrative leave after providing benefits to safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, ESPN confirmed on Thursday.
Clinton-Dix was given a loan less than $500 from Harris over the summer, which he repaid Harris before the season started. Head coach Nick Saban has suspended Clinton-Dix indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
The loan would constitute a violation of NCAA bylaw 126.96.36.199, which says, “an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletics interests may not provide a student-athlete with extra benefits or services, including, but not limited to … a loan of money.”
Sources close to ESPN said Clinton-Dix was the only player who was involved.
Clinton-Dix will miss the upcoming game against Georgia State and is expected to return within the month.
“When guys get suspended, I never, ever say what it’s for, so I’m not going there, so don’t ask me,” Saban told reporters Wednesday. “It’s the way I’ve always handled this — every guy. They do right, they wouldn’t be getting suspended. And I don’t know for how long this will be, so don’t ask me that either.”
Now with Clinton-Dix gone, who will fill his shoes? It will either be Landon Collins or Geno Smith. Collins was a five-star safety coming out of high school and has seen a lot of action at cornerback this year. Smith hasn’t seen too much playing time this year due to being arrested for driving under the influence before the season started.
Saban is all about team discipline, he won’t put up with no crap. These kids have it made there at Alabama. They need to get their acts together and stay out of trouble if they want a shot at another title.