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UA self-reports secondary violations

TUSCALOOSA (AP) — Alabama has self-reported three secondary NCAA violations in football since Oct. 16, 2006, and is preparing a report on coach Nick Saban's recent contact with recruits that might have broken the rules, The Birmingham News reported.

Two of the violations came after Saban's hiring on Jan. 4, though one happened without the knowledge of Saban or his staff, according to documents the newspaper obtained through an open records request.

Alabama will soon submit a report to the Southeastern Conference on allegations that Saban had improper contacts with three Miami prospects, athletic department spokesman Doug Walker said.

"Secondary violations occur in all sports," said Chris King, associate athletic director for compliance. "The NCAA manual is so thick, they're going to happen.

"These violations were all isolated and inadvertent. It shows that our compliance system is working."

The names of those involved in the violations were not released, but two involved a booster having improper contact with a recruit.

On Dec. 7, 2006, Alabama reported a booster having inappropriate contact with a recruit during a game in a skybox area. An NCAA bylaw restricts such contact to only a greeting.

On Jan. 26, a graduate assistant provided transportation to and from campus for a recruit's mother and a family friend for the player's official visit.

A school is not allowed to transport friends, relatives or legal guardians for an official visit.

A violation reported Feb. 7 involved a booster providing a recruit with a book on the history of Alabama football during in-person contact at the high school.

The booster was sent a letter of reprimand, but the football staff "had no involvement," the university said.

Alabama committed two secondary violations during the same time period last season under coach Mike Shula.

The school also reported one violation each in baseball, men's track and field, women's track and field, women's tennis and swimming and diving.

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