While most Americans were preparing to celebrate the nation’s birthday on the eve of Independence Day, the Alabama Crimson Tide was airing its athletics misgivings for the 2015-16 calendar year.
A report from AL.com’s Matt Zenitz revealed that the Crimson Tide self-reported 19 secondary NCAA violations committed during the last year via a post to the school’s athletics website on Sunday night.
Nick Saban’s football program was specifically responsible for five of the secondary violations, according to the report.
Among those was an incident that involved a trophy being temporarily placed in an area where prospective players would be taking official visits. Apparently, that qualifies as a violation by “impermissible recruiting decoration of an area.”
Other reported football violations included free training from a former student-athlete, as well as impermissible communication between coaches and prospective student-athletes via phone conversations and text messages.
According to a report from TideSports.com’s Aaron Suttles, the communications violations will have the following repercussions:
The corrective action for the impermissible contact between members of the football staff and a prospective student-athlete called for the involved coach being prohibited from making recruiting calls for two weeks, no calls, recruiting materials, or electronic communication sent to the involved prospect for 30 days.
While opposing fans are likely to use these revelations as ammunition for offseason smack talk, there does not appear to be anything too harmful for the long-term outlook of the football program within this report.