Daily Archives: August 16, 2011

UPDATED: 'Bama assistant, staff member named in Yahoo investigation of Miami

Update 10:38 p.m.: With the main Yahoo story comes supplemental pages that details more specifics on each allegation. Click here for more on Jeff Stoutland or click here for more on Joe Pannunzio.

In the Yahoo interview, Nevin Shapiro said he met Stoutland a few times.

“One time in particular he was at my house in the recruitment of Matt Patchan, a player from Seffner, Florida, I believe,” Shapiro said in a jailhouse interview. “Matt Patchan came to my house with his father and his mom and his uncle, who played at the University of Miami. I think it was his uncle. Coach Stoutland was just part of the recruiting visit. After that, we spoke maybe three or four times, or whenever I would see him at team functions.”

Update 10:01 p.m.: The University of Alabama released a statement this evening on the matter:

“The University of Alabama is aware of the story, but we will have no further comment.”


Original post:

A story published this afternoon Yahoo! Sports detailing alleged gross misconduct at the University of Miami names two current members of the Alabama football staff.

Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and director of football operations Joe Pannunzio were among the former Miami assistants named by former booster Nevin Shapiro in the investigative piece found here. The NCAA is also conducting an investigation into the wide-reaching allegations of major violations.

Both Stoutland and Pannunzio were hired by Alabama since the end of the last football season.

Stoutland and Pannunzio were accused of directing recruits to Shapiro’s home or yacht for recruiting pitches.  All had direct knowledge of the rule breaking, said Shapiro who is jailed for his involvement in multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.

When asked if the school had any comment on the matter, an Alabama spokesman replied by email with a one-word answer. “No.”

Read more about the situation in tomorrow’s printed editions.

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What Nick Saban said this evening

Nick Saban spoke to us media types a little bit ago after Tuesday afternoon’s practice. Here’s the gist of it:

  • The team had a case of the “poor mes” today after two very good practices Monday.
  • Blake Sims is working more at running back than quarterback. That means extra reps for true freshman Phillip Ely on the third team.
  • Christion Jones is settling in with the wide receivers after working some with the running backs .
  • Barrett Jones looks like he’ll be playing all over the line. Saban said he could see action at tackle, guard or center.
  • Quinton Dial and Jesse Williams have a leg up on some of the other new defensive linemen since they have the benefit of junior college experience.
  • This is the time of preseason camp where some players start to hit the well. The strong will rise to the top.
  • Read more about this tomorrow in print, but Saban addressed SEC expansion talk by talking about his experience in the Big Ten when it brought Penn State into the league. There were benefits for all. More tomorrow.
  • On Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Saban said the freshman defensive back might be “the most pleasant player” he’s ever coached. Sounds like a nice kid on top of being a big talent.

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Video footage of Tuesday's practice

Here’s a quick look inside. More from Nick Saban news conference in a little bit. Hang tight.

 

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A few Tuesday practice notes

It’s Tuesday and Alabama is practicing just once this afternoon. It was still relatively comfortable in Tuscaloosa, but the water cannon made a return to the workout that began at about 2:15 p.m.

Here’s the other important stuff:

    • Was Duron Carter there? No.
    • Was everyone else practicing? It appeared so.
    • As another wise reporter noted, first-team receivers and cornerbacks were practicing against each other during the media viewing period. That’s quite rare.
    • Nick Saban will address writers and cameras after practice. Stop back here for any important news.

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A final look inside Monday's practice

Almost forgot to post one more look at the inside linebackers cracking pads and refining assignments Monday night. Today’s practice starts just after 2 p.m. All the details will be posted here as soon as possible.

 

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Take a look at Trent Richardson on SI cover

It’s been about a year since Trent Richardson last found his way to the cover of Sports Illustrated. When you go to your mailbox this week, he’ll be there again. Its’ the 11th SI cover for Alabama in the past five seasons.

Take a look at the latest appearance.

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It also looks like Alabama tops SI’s preseason rankings.

And now, let’s take a look back at some of the recent SI covers for Alabama

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