Bama Commits NCAA Violation With Barry Sanders

The son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders was in Tuscaloosa Saturday as the University of Alabama football program hosted its annual junior day for high school prospects in the Class of 2012.

Nick Saban with Barry Sanders at Alabama basketball game

(Credit: SEC Digital Network, Fox Sports South, FSN)

Saturday night the younger Sanders, also named Barry, was seen sitting next to Alabama football coach Nick Saban duing the SEC Television Network-produced broadcast of the Alabama-Arkansas basketball game on Fox Sports South.

While the incidental appearance of recruit Sanders on the Alabama basketball telecast is allowed under NCAA rules, an incident involving the younger Sanders inside the Coleman Coliseum itself during the game was not.

Barry Sanders with Nick Saban: Secondary Violation Because Of Appearance On Video Board At Coleman Coliseum

(Bama infraction likely secondary violation and will be self-reported)

Sanders, a highly-touted running back prospect from Oklahoma City, was also shown on the large video board inside the Alabama arena during the first half of the game, which prompted cheers from Crimson Tide fans and a “We Want Barry!” chant to go up in the Alabama student section.

NCAA Rule 13.11.5 (pdf) states: Read more…