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University of Alabama Bans NFL Scouts From Attending Practices

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks down in the first half while taking on the Utah Utes during the 75th Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Patrick FerliseCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL- Recently, there has been some controversy as the NCAA has been on the hunt for teams with players taking incentives and bribes from NFL scouts around the country.

The most recent victims that the NCAA has investigated for these types of violations were the University of Alabama and the University of Florida.

As of today, news from Tuscaloosa reports that head coach Nick Saban and athletic director Mal Moore have agreed to ban NFL scouts from attending all practices at Bryant-Denny Stadium until further notice.

The ban comes after the University of Alabama was investigated by the NCAA for allegations that football player Marcell Dareus attended a private party for an NFL scout. It was also said that the scout bought Dareus' plane ticket, a clear violation of NCAA regulations, which state that players may not accept gifts or incentives.

After a swift investigation, the report was that Dareus bought his own ticket, and he did not even know the scout was present at the club he was attending. All charges were dropped, and the investigation closed.

The University of Florida was also investigated for the same type of allegations. There was not as much coverage of that case as their was with the Crimson Tide, but the NCAA did not find any basis to charge the Gators organization with any violations.

In turn, the university is said to have also banned NFL scouts from its football practices at Gainsville's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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