Saban said Duron Carter continues to hash out transcript issues. "We're hopeful that we'll get them by the end of this week, but the week is running out," Saban said.
Dre Kirkpatrick has a leg contusion and will miss a couple of days, Alabama coach Nick Saban announced during his Thursday afternoon press conference. Kirkpatrick (6-3, 192 pounds) won the Alabama Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award after spring practice. Not only is he battling for a starting spot, but he also is considered one of the nation's top corner backs.
"I know what goes on in this program and I know that we do things correctly," Saban said. "We do have people in this organization, who worked there (at Miami). Before those people were ever hired here we do an NCAA check to make sure they pass all compliance criteria and that they don't have any red flags relative to compliance history. "We certainly did that in both of these cases. Now, if any of these people had any wrongdoing, I'm sure the NCAA will investigate it in due time and, if they did anything wrong, I'm sure they will get the appropriate punishment, which we would do if we had any internal problems in our organization. But we're going to continue and control and manage what we do in our organization and do it correctly, and that's basically all we can be concerned about."
Yes, we know that the SEC has its eye on expansion. Some reports said that Texas A&M, which has been rumored to be the league’s next member, still will join within the next three weeks. But Bernie, forget prospective members, how about making the current version of the league markedly better? The more pressing matter is making sure that the league’s current format squeezes the best product out of what no doubt is the most-competitive football outside of the NFL. At least, it is in the SEC West.
And while the likelihood of the death penalty remains questionable, the possibility of the willful violators clause is not welcome news for an already-embattled athletic department. Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst released a statement Thursday assuring the school’s commitment to "the integrity of the NCAA investigation" and "demanding the full cooperation of our employees and student-athletes." "There are tough times ahead, challenges to overcome and serious decisions to be made, but we will be left standing and we will be stronger as a result," Eichorst said. "I understand there are unanswered questions, concerns and frustration by many but this athletic department will be defined now and in the future, by our core values, our integrity and our commitment to excellence, and by nothing else. The University of Miami, as an institution of higher learning, is a leader in exploration, achievement and excellence and we will work hard to do our part to live up to that standard."
"I was laying in the ER. I'm in the neck brace on the board and just sayin, 'Get me out of here,'" Harrington said. "I kinda whispered to one of the trauma docs, 'I played four years in Detroit. I can handle a car. Let's get this thing moving.'"