The fallout from Tuesday’s Yahoo investigation of the Miami football program continues. Nick Saban had his say Thursday as it the scandal relates to current Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and director of football operations Joe Pannunzio.
Two different reports from two different coasts paint the two Alabama staffers quite differently.
According to the NBC affiliate in Miami, Stoutland wasn’t a cheater. A source said he was “as clean as they come.”
Pannunzio has more of a checkered past.
Long Beach State president F. King Alexander held the same job at Murray State when Pannunzio was the head football coach. He told the Long Beach Press-Telegram of the circumstances surrounding Pannunzio’s firing in 2005.
“You must understand that in 2005 when I was president at Murray State, I fired our football coach, Joe Pannunzio, because of numerous incidents that occurred in our program under him that were quite bad,” he told the newspaper.
Remember Saban said Thursday that Alabama did NCAA background checks into the past of all employees before hiring them. For Stoutland and Pannunzio, the current Miami investigation wouldn’t have turned up a red flag since both were hired before the NCAA probe began five months ago.
We’ll see where this goes in the days and weeks to come.
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