Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Marcell Dareus Declared Ineligible for 2010 Season. is reporting that Marcell Dareus has been declared Ineligible for the 2010 Season.
University of Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus has been declared ineligible and is believed to be the only UA player who attended a party in Miami hosted by a sports agent, a source close to the situation told The Tuscaloosa News.
UA will petition immediately for the reinstatement of Dareus' eligibility. The NCAA will make the ultimate ruling on when, or if, Dareus will be reinstated. It is standard procedure for a player to be declared ineligible immediately whenever a question of whether the player violated NCAA rules arises.
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive would not comment on the case, but indicated the league is assisting UA in its probe.
“When these things happen we work with all of our schools to assist them,” Slive said.
UA is conducting an investigation into whether Dareus paid his own expenses for the
trip, and whether the circumstances of the trip constitute an NCAA violation. Under NCAA rules, student-athletes are not permitted to accept cash or anything of value from sports agents or their representatives.
Dareus may be part of a larger NCAA probe into agent activity, as the NCAA has spoken with North Carolina defensive lineman Marvin Austin and South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders about their knowledge of the same party. Austin's alleged agent involvement, according to the source, is of a more serious nature than that of Dareus.
The identity of the agent who hosted the party remains unclear.
Saban is expected to speak further on the issue later today at SEC Media Days.
It is unclear whether Dareus would be permitted to practice with the team while his eligibility status is determined, but UA wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Mark Ingram were allowed to practice throughout fall camp a year ago while their eligibility was determined in a matter unrelated to agent contact.
Though he was only a sophomore last year, Dareus is considered among the top prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft is he chooses to declare early eligibility for the draft. Dareus led the Crimson Tide in quarterback sacks last season with 6.5 and was the defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game against Texas.
UA coach Nick Saban confirmed to Tuesday that the university is “looking into” Dareus' involvement.
Kings of the Quad will keep you up to date with the latest news on Marcell Dareus.


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