Alabama assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris has been placed on university-enforced administrative leave after allegedly providing Crimson Tide safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with impermissible benefits.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6:14 p.m. ET
Tommy Deas & Aaron Suttles of Tidesports.com provide new details on the reason behind 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.
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Nick Saban announced Clinton-Dix's suspension in his weekly press conference in preparation for Saturday's game with Georgia State, but declined to give reporters specifics on the situation.
"When guys get suspended, I never ever say what it's for, so I'm not going there, so don't ask me," Saban said (per ESPN). "It's the way I've always handled this—every guy. They do right, they wouldn't be getting suspended. And I don't know for how long this will be, so don't ask me that either."
Now, the findings of the University of Alabama's compliance office, which led to Harris' leave and Clinton-Dix's suspension, are coming to light.
According to sources close to the situation, Harris provided Clinton-Dix with a loan of less than $500 this summer. The junior standout allegedly admitted to the arrangement, providing compliance officials with bank receipts showing he had repaid Harris. It's unknown to what extent Harris cooperated during the investigation.
Regardless of the arrangement between the two, Harris loaning money to a student-athlete still violates NCAA bylaw 184.108.40.206. That rule prevents school officials or representatives from loaning student-athletes money, access to a car or helping an athlete secure a loan from an outside agency, such as a bank.
The Alabama investigation also found that Harris had connections to an unnamed sports agent. Though the compliance office looked into the matter, it found no wrongdoing by Harris or Clinton-Dix.
Clinton-Dix is Alabama's fourth suspension of the 2013 campaign dating back to the preseason. Fellow safety Geno Smith, linebacker Trey DePriest and tight end Malcolm Faciane were all penalized for various violations of team rules.
However, Clinton-Dix's absence will have the most profound impact of any of the aforementioned players. A preseason All-American, Clinton-Dix is considered one of the finest safeties in the nation and a possible NFL first-round pick. He is second on the team with 24 total tackles (14 solo) and has broken up two passes. Clinton-Dix has yet to record an interception after picking off five passes as a sophomore, tied for the most in the SEC.
Saban declined to tell reporters Wednesday how long Clinton-Dix would be out of the lineup. The Tuscaloosa News was unsuccessful in its attempts to contact Harris, whose employment status has not been addressed by Alabama officials. Harris is one of 10 coaches on the Tide's strength-and-conditioning staff.
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