By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
Alabama coach Nick Saban said he’s glad the scandal that led to the school being placed on three years’ probation is over.
“First of all, I think the University of Alabama, Dr. (Robert) Witt, and Mal Moore did a great job of demonstrating institutional integrity in the way they handled this internally,” Saban told the Birmingham News. “I’m really happy for the players we have in the program that this won’t affect their future, nor will it affect the players we’re recruiting. We’re always happy to be moving on, and we’re looking forward to the future.
But Dothan Eagle columnist Ken Rogers isn’t sure the Tide can move on. An excerpt from his column follows:
Athletics director Mal Moore sounded the alarm — and practically begged for good behavior — in his brief comments about the sanctions.
“It is important that our fans and supporters understand this: the ruling does not hinder our efforts going forward in recruiting or in competition,” Moore said. “But the ruling is a clear reminder that we must maintain strict compliance with all NCAA regulations.”
There is already enough Internet and message board speculation to suggest that is going to be a tough task.