It's looking more like SEC Commissioner Mike Slive's goal of getting every league school off of probation would be more easily attainable if it was a goal of getting every league school on probation.
Alabama has become the third team to see an investigation as a result of the agent-sponsored party that has already sparked NCAA inquiries at North Carolina and South Carolina. Along with Florida and the Gamecocks, Alabama is also the third SEC university under investigation for player ties to agents.
The target: Marcel Dareus, a NFL-caliber defensive lineman who was expected to anchor an Alabama defense returning just a pair of starters.
And I for one could not agree more with Nick Saban -- except the idea that schools should be completely off the hook for agent issues, because you will always have the Southern Cals of the world. But schools that closely monitor players and take action -- yes.
"What the NFL Players Association and the NFL need to do is if any agent breaks a rule and causes ineligibility for a player, they should suspend his [agent's] license for a year or two," Saban said. "I'm about ready for college football to say, 'Let's just throw the NFL out. Don't let them evaluate players. Don't let them talk to players. Let them do it at the combine.' If they are not going to help us, why should we help them?" ...
"Right now, agents are screwing it up," Saban said. "They are taking the eligibility of players. It's not right that those players do the wrong thing. We have a great education process here. We have a full-time worker who meets with players and their families and does everything else."
(HT: Roll Bama Roll)
Now, let's see ... when is Alabama scheduled to appear during Media Days. Oh, tomorrow?
This should be good.