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Alabama denies violation with Heritage Hall's Barry J. Sanders

By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: February 21, 2011 at 10:49 am •  Published: February 21, 2011

After reviewing the incident from Saturday’s Alabama basketball game, the Alabama compliance office denies that an NCAA violation was committed regarding the recruitment of Heritage Hall running back Barry J. Sanders.

The Oklahoman reported Monday that a violation did occur. Sanders, a junior, was visiting the Alabama campus for the second time and was on hand for the school’s junior day.

The Alabama-Arkansas basketball game was shown on a Fox Sports television broadcast, and the Crimson Tide’s video board showed Sanders and Alabama football coach Nick Saban together.

The two were allowed to sit next to each other, but Sanders is not allowed to be introduced at functions attended by the media or the public.

“Our compliance office is aware of this claim and has looked into it. Based on that inquiry, it was determined that no violation was committed,” Alabama spokesperson Doug Walker told The Tuscaloosa News.

According to Alabama, the still images that circulated on the Internet of Sanders and Saban together were taken from the Fox Sports broadcast, and Alabama is not at fault.

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