Tuscaloosa, AL, United States (4E Sports) – Alabama Cromson Tide assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris was placed on administrative leave for providing a loan of less than $500 to safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
The player repaid the loan before the start of football season.
The loan constitutes a violation of NCAA bylaw 220.127.116.11 that prohibits an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide a student-athlete with extra benefits or including a loan of money.
Alabama’s compliance department also discovered that Harris had a connection to a representative of a sports agent.
Clinton-Dix, who was suspended indefinitely for “violation of team rules” Wednesday, had no contact with the agent’s representative.
He is expected to miss Saturday’s game against Georgia State but should be back with the team within the month, according to a source.
Clinton-Dix, a third-year junior, is considered to be one of the nation’s best safeties and has been projected as a potential first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. On the season, he’s second on the team with 24 tackles and also has two pass deflections. He led Alabama with five interceptions during his sophomore year.
The job of replacing Clinton-Dix will fall to Landon Collins or Geno Smith.