Get ready for a new round of NCAA violation talk, folks. This one’s already starting to percolate on the messageboards.
It all began at the Under Armour All-American game in early January. Landon Collins — one of the top safeties in the nation and a Louisiana native — announced that he would be playing at Alabama, not LSU.
His mother became an instant YouTube hit for not supporting her son’s decision:
An ESPN The Magazine article has revealed that there was a dust-up just before Collins made his Alabama announcement on live television. The player’s mother wanted only family in the shot, not the girlfriend. In the end, Collins’ gal stood right behind him in the video above.
But there’s more.
Speaking to the website MomsTeam.com (“The Trusted Source for Sports Parents”), April Justin claims that she wants her son playing right away and playing safety — two things he could do at LSU, but not at Bama. Okay, fine. Parents want their kids to play right away.
She also claims — according to the site — that “Victoria (the girlfriend) had allegedly been offered a job to work in head coach Nick Saban’s office.”
The writer of the article says she has not been able to confirm Collins’ mother’s claim. She also writes that Alabama officials “would not comment on anything relating to the recruitment of a prospective student-athlete.”
If the allegation is true, it would appear to violate a 2010 NCAA rule put in place to prevent “package deals” for prospects and recruits. The rule states:
“During a two-year period before a prospective student-athlete’s anticipated enrollment and a two-year period after the student-athlete’s actual enrollment, an institution shall not employ an individual associated with the prospective student-athlete in any athletics department non-coaching staff position.”
Some of you might recall that on-again, off-again Alabama 26th man Justin Taylor said back on January 15th that he would stay in Georgia this fall — if he grayshirts at Bama — and that “they are going to find me a job.”
Alabama can offer a university-based job to a student-athlete so long as the coaches — nudge, nudge, wink, wink — have nothing to do with it. But such a job would require Taylor to be in Tuscaloosa, not in Georgia.
Whether or not there’s any meat on these bones, we’ll have to wait and see. But suffice to say there’s a lot of talk about Alabama’s football program and offers of employment. Perhaps the folks in Washington, DC should give Saban a call. If these claims are true, the man knows how to create jobs.
John, you could use the new "Cecil Newton" rule to cover a violation if you wanted. It states: " ... an agent is any individual who, directly or indirectly, represents or attempts to represent an individual for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation for financial gain ..." She is obviously a representative of him, and if she obtained a job, it would obviously give her a financial gain. Not sure why no one is talking about this one. Whether or not it's true, this by-law would cover the NCAA on this one.
@John at MrSEC You used an NCAA basketball rule (written to keep the AAU riffraff out of the locker room) to try and cast an unfavorable light on the Alabama football program. You got caught. Looks like egg to me.
And I'm actually tucked into my Bama footie pajamas - not tucked behind a fake name. My name is Dawn. Nice to meet you.
NCAA Manual, Page 55. By-law 11.4.2, Individual Associated with a Prospective Student-Athlete—Men’s Basketball. In men’s basketball, during a two-year period before a prospective student-athlete’s anticipated enrollment and a two-year period after the prospective student-athlete’s actual enrollment, an institution shall not employ (or enter into a contract for future employment with) an individual associated with the prospective student-athlete in any athletics department noncoaching staff position.
Page 103, By-law 18.104.22.168, An institution may arrange for employment or employ any prospective student-athlete (regardless of athletics award winner status), provided the employment does not begin prior to the completion of the prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school.
If I'm wrong, then I'm about the 10th person today to cite that very bylaw, and until I get the time to dig into the NCAA rulebook I'm not going to acquiesce to someone who doesn't sign his name to his posts.
We're not 100% correct. Try damn hard to be, but we're not. When we're wrong, we correct it. If that's the case here, we'll correct it or post a follow up. People who've read this site for 3+ years know that.
who cares, even if it was true it clearly says "shall not employ" and she doesn't work for Alabama therefore nothing to see here. If anyone actually believes she will get a job at Bama they're crazy, if it was offered it was before she even met him and then it was withdrawn when he committed.
Also, the by-law cited in this report is limited to men's basketball, not football. Here it is, verbatim:
11.4.2 I ndividual Associated with a Prospective Student-Athlete—Men’s Basketball. In men’s basketball, during a two-year period before a prospective student-athlete’s anticipated enrollment and a two-year period after the prospective student-athlete’s actual enrollment, an institution shall not employ (or enter into a contract for future employment with) an individual associated with the prospective student-athlete in any athletics department noncoaching staff position.
Regarding the Justin Wilson statement about "getting a job," you are misinterpreting by-law22.214.171.124, governing employment assistance provided after completion of the prospective student-athlete's senior year. There is no requirement for him to stay in Tuscaloosa unless he grey shirts. If he delays college enrollment altogether until 2013, the school is free to help him find employment.
And on the Collins' mom's dislike of the girlfriend... I echo the sentiment from ellbama. What April Justin is alleging is too stupid, too blatant and too easily exposed to be a true account. If the girlfriend got a job at the school then it will be a job that any student could apply for and get, which means no violation at all.
Or, you can send someone a LinkedIn, Indeed.com, Careerbuilder.com, Monster.com, yourlocalcity.com job link and they can apply on their own. I do it all of the time for my friends, without any contact or intervention on my end. "Find a job" can be misconstrued with "help me with a job." Trust me. I worked in the staffing industry for years. When I tell my friends I can help them find a job, and I send them a link to the job, they reply, "thanks for helping me with a job." There's a lot that needs to be clarified before you start pointing fingers.
This woman clearly wants her son at LSU and will stop at nothing to make that happen. She's clearly continuing to agitate for that to happen by first bullying her son, and then alleging NCAA violations.
I'll never say that there's no chance that ANY team is violating NCAA rules in some way, shape or form. But I will say definitively that there's no chance that the Alabama staff would so egregiously and, frankly, stupidly violate NCAA rules to recruit one kid. It's just too easy to get caught, and there's no way they'd risk it.
Unless there's some proof beyond this woman's ramblings, I don't see why anyone would continue to pay her any attention (which is clearly what she wants most).