News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2007

UA mum on possible
Saban violations

By Josh Cooper 340-2460

HOOVER — Alabama officials would not comment on whether head football coach Nick Saban broke any NCAA recruiting violations.

The Miami Herald has reported that Saban talked with a Miami linebacker about defensive schemes during a recruiting visit to south Florida.

During the April 15-May 31 period, no contact may be allowed between coaches and players other than an "exchange of greeting." Alabama athletic media relations director Doug Walker said Thursday the school would not comment on the reports.

Etienne Sabino a linebacker at Miami Krop High School told The Herald that Saban said Sabino is "the big physical type of linebacker" that the school needs.

According to the Herald, Saban also talked with Miami Northwestern High juniors Marcus Fortson and Brandon Washington, who has committed to the University of Miami.

If any violations occurred, they would be considered secondary.

Saban's fast exodus in January after two years coaching the NFL's Miami Dolphins and his strained relationships with some in south Florida could have contributed to the news leaking out.

It is considered rare that somebody would get caught on such a violation.

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