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THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2007

Recruiting allegations ‘funny,’ Saban says

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban believes it’s more than coincidence that reports accusing him of improper contact with recruits originated in Miami, where he spent two years with the NFL’s Dolphins.

The Miami Herald and cane, a Miami Hurricanes site, detailed conversations with three South Florida junior prospects that might have exceeded NCAA rules limiting coaches to “exchange of a greeting” between April 15 and May 31.

“You really can’t prove what you didn’t do,” Saban said Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference spring meetings, his first public comments on the reports.

“We respect the rules and certainly have always respected the rules and will continue to do that. And I think it’s funny that it came from Miami.”

Asked if the reports were false, Saban responded: “I said I think it’s funny it came from Miami.”

He declined to comment further.

But Saban said spring recruiting trips can create “very awkward” situations for head coaches with people wanting pictures and autographs.

He was widely criticized for leaving the Dolphins after two years for a $4 million-a-year deal at Alabama after saying he would not become the Crimson Tide’s coach.

“Most people in Alabama don’t realize what the Sabans went through leaving the Miami Dolphins — some of the media issues created there with us leaving there and going back to college football,” Saban said.

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