Media Report Contradicts Bama Compliance Claim

Sunday I reported that Alabama had committed an NCAA violation when high school prospect Barry Sanders, Jr., was shown on the Coleman Coliseum video board during Saturday’s Alabama-Arkansas basketball game.

(Alabama compliance claims Sanders, Jr., never appeared on video board)

NCAA rule 13.11.5 states: “An institution may not introduce a visiting prospect at a function (e.g., that institution’s sports award banquet or an intercollegiate athletics contest) that is attended by media representatives or open to the general public.

Izzy Gould of the MOBILE PRESS-REGISTER confirmed Sunday evening that Sanders had indeed been seen on the Coleman Coliseum video board during the game, but that the University of Alabama NCAA compliance department has since concluded that no NCAA violation took place. Gould:

Whether what happened on Saturday night violated this rule is unclear. The younger Sanders was briefly shown on the video board. No words were flashed on the video board, and no announcements were made through the public address system to name the people captured on camera. An Alabama spokesman Sunday night said no violation was committed. “Our compliance office is aware of this claim and has looked into it,” Alabama spokesman Doug Walker wrote in an e-mail. “Based on that inquiry, it was determined that no violation was committed.”

While Alabama reported that no NCAA violation occurred, Gould availed an SEC spokesman who indicated, “there is the possibility of operator error, which could mean the camera operator was at fault for showing Saban and the younger Sanders on camera.Read more…

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…

Blog-O-Rama: Volleyball Vixen Rachel Wacholder

• RANDBALL spikes over a nice sit-down chat with pro beach volleyball vixen Rachel Wacholder.

Rachel Wacholder

• SI’s EXTRA MUSTARD informs us that for only $10,000, Barry Sanders & Terrell Davis will come by and eat all your Super Bowl snacks.

• You can have your Memphis & Kansas - THE ANGRY T is rooting for the New Jersey Institute of Technology to complete their own perfect season.

• EVERY DAY SHOULD BE SATURDAY is Bullish on South Florida visiting Notre Dame in 2011.

Jenn Sterger South Florida Bulls Fan

The big question is: When will Jenn Sterger be showing up in South Bend?

• DEEP SOUTH SPORTS doesn’t take kindly to SPORTSLINE’s Gregg Doyel arguing about Archie Manning overshadowing his boys.

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Okie State’s Offensive Outburst Hinders Hoosiers

Mike Gundy is back on a bowl roll, as his Oklahoma State squad shot down the Indiana Hoosiers, 49-33, in the Insight Bowl on Monday.

Mike Gundy Insight Bowl Trophy

The key to the Cowboys’ victory was the play of their QB Zac Robinson, who went 15 of 20 for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 64 more yards and two more scores.

Gundy knows a little bit about being a quarterback jack-of-all-trades for a bowl game. While under center for OSU in the 1988 Holiday Bowl, Mike actually received a pass on a trick play from the one & only Barry Sanders.

Sadly, Gundy only made it as far as the 1-yard-line before Sanders found the end zone on the next play. 19 years later, it appears Mike has shown no irrational outbursts anger about missing out on a trick TD. You know why?

Mike Gundy eCard

‘Cause he’s a man!