Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Waiting Game: Marcell Dareus Investigation

The investigation of Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus has now been turned over to the highest power…the NCAA.

Tide coach Nick Saban made it clear the status of Dareus will not be found in an “update,” but rather a final verdict.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 24: Marcell Dareus #57 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
"We won't know anything about Marcell until the NCAA makes a decision, whether he violated rules, whether he took something from somebody, whether he needs to pay it back and whether it's going to cost him any games," Saban said. "I don't know any of that. And there will be no update. It will be a decision."

The Alabama football team will hit the field Thursday morning to begin fall camp in preparation for the 2010 season. Until the NCAA makes a final declaration, Marcell Dareus will be allowed to practice.

The case is not expected (as mentioned in a prior article) to be an institutional issue, but the 2010 eligibility of Dareus could certainly be in question if the NCAA concludes the Tide defensive end committed a rule(s) infraction.

The investigation of Dareus is centered around a party he attended this summer in South Beach/Miami.

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