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Barry J. Sanders shown on video board at Alabama basketball game

Heritage Hall star running back Barry J. Sanders was shown sitting with Alabama football coach Nick Saban on the video board at a Crimson Tide basketball game.
By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: February 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm •  Published: February 20, 2011

If it was unintentional, the offense will most likely be classified as a secondary violation by the NCAA and would not affect Sanders' eligibility. An SEC official told SportsbyBrooks.com that Alabama is aware of the infraction and will report the violation to the NCAA this week. It is classified as an institutional violation and has nothing to do with the recruit.

Last month Saban and Sanders were also in the news when Saban visited the Heritage Hall campus.

Saban and the Heritage Hall administration agree that there was no wrongdoing done by Saban when he visited with Sanders. They said it was just a greeting, which is allowed and within the NCAA guidelines.

Sanders said Saban was talking to Heritage Hall defensive coordinator Mark Adams and overheard Saban tell Adams that Alabama running back Mark Ingram was going to enter the NFL Draft.

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