Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Reinstated After Suspension for Alabama Team Rules Violation
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has been reinstated after serving a two-game suspension for violating team ruled. The talented DB's return will provide the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide with yet another weapon as they continue their run at a third-straight National Championship.
Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News provides details on why the suspension occured, which Nick Saban announced in a press conference:
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) October 2, 2013
Saban said he will not answer questions about suspension, says he never has.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) October 2, 2013
From Alabama Football:
The NCAA notified UA Friday that Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has been reinstated and is eligible for competition after serving a two-game suspension.— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) October 18, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 9
From Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com:
Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will not play this week, per Saban: “He’s suspended until we tell you he’s not.”— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) October 9, 2013
UPDATE: Thusday, Oct. 3
Tommy Deas & Aaron Suttles of Tidesports.com provide new details on the reason behind coach Corey Harris providing Clinton-Dix with cash:
Harris made a short-term loan to Clinton-Dix in an amount less than $500, after Clinton-Dix's car was broken into on the night of June 25 or the morning of June 26. TideSports.com has obtained the police report filed by Clinton-Dix after the break-in, detailing the theft of money, an iPad, a backpack and sandals - both embroidered with Clinton-Dix's jersey number (No. 6) - stereo speaker sub-woofers, miscellaneous shirts and Nike Air Jordan shoes.
The police report states that Clinton-Dix's black and gray 2012 Dodge Charger was parked at his residence on the 4500 block of East 18th Avenue. Clinton-Dix is not identified by name on the police report due to Tuscaloosa Police Department policy not to list victims of crimes on such reports.
Clinton-Dix has provided bank records to UA athletic compliance department representatives that show a withdrawal in the amount he said he repaid to Harris, TideSports.com has learned.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 3
Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News provides details on Clinton-Dix's suspension:
University of Alabama assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris has been placed on administrative leave for providing impermissible benefits to suspended football safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, The Tuscaloosa News has learned.
The report also describes the nature of the alleged violation:
Harris made a short-term loan to Clinton-Dix in an amount less than $500 at some point in the summer, an apparently violation of NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11, which states that “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.”
ESPN's Alex Scarborough also provided a not-so-useful quote from the head coach:
Saban on the suspension of Clinton-Dix: “I don’t know for how long this will be, so don’t ask me that.”— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) October 2, 2013
Chase Goodbread of NFL.com reports on what Clinton-Dix wasn't suspended for:
Hearing the indefinite suspension of Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is not drug-related.— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) October 3, 2013
This is a big loss for the No. 1 team in the country. Clinton-Dix, a junior, is an experienced player in the secondary who is a major contributor against both the pass and the run.
Through four games, he ranks second on the team with 24 tackles behind only linebacker C.J. Mosley. He also has two pass defenses on the year.
Scouts Inc. considers the second-year starter to be the No. 1 defensive back available for the 2014 NFL draft and the No. 18 player overall.
Alabama struggled to defend the pass against Texas A&M, allowing 42 points thanks to 464 passing yards. The Tide escaped with a road win, but it did not ease concerns with the secondary.
Without Clinton-Dix, there are even bigger question marks regarding how the squad will be able to defend against an opponent with an elite aerial attack. Fortunately, Dan Wolken of USA Today points out that this should not be a problem in the next few weeks:
Alabama's next four are Georgia St, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tenn before a bye week. So Clinton-Dix suspension comes at a decent time— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 2, 2013
Still, a team like LSU could pose a challenge if the safety remains out until November.
Senior Nick Perry is out for the year following shoulder surgery, so sophomores Geno Smith and Landon Collins will need to step up while Clinton-Dix is out.
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