Alabama Violations: Basketball Program Cited for Six Secondary Infractions

By Paul Seaver

On Tuesday, the Alabama Crimson Tide and their athletic department were cited for a number of secondary violations.

The men’s basketball team, which is headed by Anthony Grant, was cited for six violations, the most of any program on the summary. Both football and women’s basketball were cited for four, each.

A number of other programs were also listed, rounding out with a grand total of 27 secondary violations within the past year.

Of the violations, 14 of them stemmed from impermissible phone calls or text messages.

The good news for the Alabama violations is that normally, secondary infractions do not require penalty from the NCAA. The university will likely take action moving forward, but no formal word has been made just yet.

Alabama had an up-and-down year on the court last season, with high expectations early, the Crimson Tide finished the year at 21-12 overall. The squad qualified for the NCAA Tournament, but were eliminated in the Round of 64 by the Creighton Blue Jays.

Much of the squad’s inconsistent play may have stemmed from their inconsistencies off the court. Grant was forced to punish and even suspend some of his star players, most notably Tony Mitchell, who was eventually held out for the remainder of the season.

A strong good of young talent should once again have the Crimson Tide in the hunt for a bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2012-13, but the veteran presence of junior point guard Trevor Releford will hold key.


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