Friday, September 3, 2010

Dareus Suspended Following NCAA Investigation

Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus has been suspended for two games and ordered to pay a total of $1,787.17 for benefits he received over the course of two trips taken to Miami during the month of May.

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Marcell Dareus (57) sheds Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert (3) and scores on a 28 yard interception in second quarter action 2010 BCS National Championship game in Pasadena, California on January 7, 2010. UPI/Jon SooHoo Photo via Newscom
In mid-July the Alabama compliance department began an internal investigation to see if Dareus received “special treatment” after attending a Miami based party which was allegedly hosted by an agent(s).

Improper contact with a sports agent (receiving benefits, etc) is against NCAA rules and is considered preferential treatment based on athletic standing and recognition.

In the early portion of August, Nick Saban verified the Dareus issue had been turned over to the NCAA for proper investigation.

The money total (mentioned above) is based upon special benefits received by Dareus which included airfare, accommodation, meals and vehicle transportation during both Miami visits.

Reports suggest that Dareus will use money from his fall scholarship and financial aid in order to make the repayment. The NCAA requires the money be given to charity.

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)
Alabama coach Nick Saban has said the school will appeal the suspension in order to get the penalty reduced to a single game.

The appeal is obviously an attempt to enable Dareus to play against Penn State on Sept. 11.

The NCAA said extenuating factors reduced a possible four game suspension to only two games.

Reports imply that Dareus was nothing but honest and forthcoming with information during the exploration process, which aided in the investigation.

One can obviously assume the honesty and respect Dareus displayed to the NCAA played a large role in his “reduced” punishment.

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