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.
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.
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.