Calvin Ridley had no involvement in his high school coach’s alleged identification-fraud scheme, according to the Florida Board of Education.
The investigation revolved around a claim that Ridley’s coach, Calvin Davis, had requested a fake identification card to allow one of Ridley’s teammates to take the ACT college admissions test in Ridley’s name back in December 2014.
At the time, Alabama’s star wide receiver needed to pass the test in order to become eligible to sign with the Crimson Tide.
Ridley told investigators last year that he was in the dark.
“Coach Davis has never ever approached me, as a joke or in any other way, about someone taking the ACT, SAT or any other test for me,” he wrote, via Sun-Sentinel.com‘s Scott Travis. “I scheduled my own test and passed my own test by myself.”
Davis, who stepped down from his post 14 months ago, was fined $1,500 and forced to attend an ethics class by the board of education.
Meanwhile, Ridley has excelled in Tuscaloosa.
The receiver caught a team-high 89 passes for a freshman-record 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns as the Crimson Tide secured their 16th national title.
Elvin McCray, the security guard who allegedly rebuffed Davis’ fraud proposal, has been keeping an eye on the player he claims he protected in 2014.
“I wasn’t going to jeopardize my job,” McCray told Travis. “And I knew that if Calvin really works hard, he’s going to be number one and guaranteed to make millions.”