Alabama football: Happy Annual Recruiting Violations Day

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at the silliness of the annual NCAA self-reported violations. 

As it does at the beginning of every July, the Alabama athletic department self-reported 22 minor recruiting violations, which include such horrific crimes as “when your dad takes a picture with an old football player” or “texting.”

This year, the football team is involved in nine, including coach Nick Saban calling someone before the active recruiting period in what appears to be the recruiting version of a butt dial? The whole exercise, intended to force colleges to intensely monitor their own recruiting violations for fear of the NCAA’s heavy-handed punishment of coverups, actually just serves to underline the utter disregard for common sense that the “governing” body enjoys. The NCAA doesn’t have the enforcement apparatus to administer its own laws — especially where there are rules such as “don’t sell this stuff that belongs to you permanently,” as was the case with a football player who was suspended four games for selling Alabama-supplied Nike swag — so they require schools to do it for it.

The draw from these annual news dumps, which come from most schools, is not “TIDE CHEATIN'” or its friendly counterpart, “BARN CHEATIN,'” or any of the infinite variations; it’s that the NCAA is a flailing, weak entity propped up by acceptance and that its bylaws are an inane spiderweb intended to solve problems that people can’t even remember.

It’s like if you were expected to self-report speeding, and if you didn’t, you went to jail for five years.


  • Saban’s hiring, 10 years ago, coincided with a plan for unprecedented growth at the university. Chris Walsh takes a look at ‘The Saban Effect’ on the university, the city of Tuscaloosa and the state in the first of a 10-part series on a decade of Saban.
  • High-class tailgating on the Quad is about to get much, much more expensive. But so is attending class at Alabama, so what can you do?
  • As Cecil Hurt writes, the SEC is brimming with basketball talent like it hasn’t seen in decades (outside of Lexington).
  • Travis Reier has five preseason questions for Alabama’s defensive line.
  • BamaOnline’s 20th-most important player of the year is a mercurial defensive back. 
  • And Marq Burnett’s sixth-most important player is the anchor of the offensive line.

Built by Bama

• Ryan Anderson took his rookie signing bonus and bought a house for his mother.

• Former Alabama defensive tackle Curtis Dawson died last week in Hoover, Ala. Dawson’s career at Alabama never really panned out, but he was a phenomenal talent and is an Alabama high school football legend as the anchor of the historic Hoover defenses of the early 2000s.

• Trey Mullinax was the lone Alabama alumnus to finish the Quicken Loans National. He finished with a 5-over 285, tied for 46th.

• In Major League Baseball, David Robertson got a win by pitching 1 2/3 innings, giving up 2 hits, no runs and striking out 2 as his White Sox beat the Rangers, 6-5.

Around the Capstone

• Ben Jones concludes his excellent oral history of the 1997 Alabama baseball team with a simple question: Who was the best hitter on one of the best-hitting teams in SEC history? There’s a consensus in that story, but the roster is deep.

• In modern slugging news, Alabama sophomore Chandler Taylor finished second at the NCAA Home Run Derby. It’s a tournament format with different amounts of points for different hits, which I don’t really understand because a home run is a home run, you know? But the point is: Taylor finished second.

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