Reporting Rob Hamilton
The definition of an indefinite suspension varies from player to player and case to case, and in the case of Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, it’s apparently not a good one.
According to the Tuscaloosa News, Clinton-Dix’s suspension stems from a one-time loan of less than $500 from assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris over the summer after the star defender’s car was broken into.
Harris has been placed on administrative leave, according to the report.
A loan of any amount would be a violation of NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168, which states:
A student-athlete may not receive a special discount, payment arrangement or credit on a purchase (e.g., airline ticket, clothing) or a service (e.g., laundry, dry cleaning) from an institutional employee or a representative of its athletics interests.
For Clinton-Dix, despite how bad it looks, it’s not terrible news.
The report states that he provided bank records to Alabama’s compliance department showing that he paid the loan back. Considering the relatively small amount and willingness to cooperate, as long as the compliance department or the NCAA doesn’t find anything else, he’ll be back.
From a 40,000-foot view, however, this is very concerning for Alabama.
Just last month Yahoo! Sports reported that former Tide offensive tackle D.J. Fluker received impermissible benefits, including money and a bed set, from agents and financial advisers, all funneled through former Alabama defensive lineman Luther Davis. One of those agents is…