Dalvin Tomlinson’s connection to Alabama ‘grayshirt scandal’ (UPDATED)

Dalvin Tomlinson, who picked Alabama over Georgia Tech and UGA on signing day, was not connected to the Crimson Tide’s “grayshirting” scandal, according to his coach.

Two longtime Alabama commitments (both recovering from knee injuries) were told only weeks before signing day by Nick Saban that they couldn’t sign with the Crimson Tide this year. Both were given the option to “grayshirt” or delay enrolling at Alabama in 2013.

If you commit to Nick Saban, it’s safe unless you get injured or Alabama has the opportunity to upgrade at your position before you officially sign the paperwork (AP)

What we learned: If you commit to Nick Saban, it’s safe unless you get injured or Alabama has the opportunity to upgrade at your position before you officially sign the paperwork (AP)

Justin Taylor, a running back from North Atlanta High School, was apparently no longer needed after Alabama upgraded at the position when 5-star RB TJ Yeldon flipped from Auburn to the Crimson Tide. Taylor, who missed most of his senior season with a knee injury, ended up signing with Kentucky and had some strong comments for Saban: “[As] far as pulling the scholarship, I think they did me wrong. I was the No. 7 to commit, that’s all I’ve got to say. I was committed to them for a year. They could’ve handled it better.” (Click on story link)

Meanwhile, Darius Philon is the “story that won’t go away,” according to a Sunday column by al.com’s Mike Herndon. Philon, a defensive lineman from Prichard, Ala., injured his knee toward the end of his senior season. On signing day, Philon put on an Alabama baseball cap at an emotional ceremony [see video below] but ended up signing hours later with Arkansas – a school he never visited. Philon’s coach told al.com “He had the world snatched up from under him.” Philon was apparently no longer needed after Alabama upgraded at the position with defensive linemen Dalvin Tomlinson and Korren Kirven.

We addressed the Tomlinson-for-Philon rumors with Henry County coach Mike Rozier over the weekend.

  • How did Dalvin end up going to Alabama? Did it have anything to do with Alabama offering a “grayshirt” to another player? “From day one, Dalvin was going to Alabama. He kept delaying and everything, and it got kind of close with the scholarship numbers. But Nick wanted Dalvin from day one. He was Nick’s boy. Coach Saban fell in love with him a long time ago. Alabama never waived on that kid. There was no ‘grayshirt’ mention with Dalvin whatsoever by Alabama. All that other stuff is rumor and speculation … Dalvin always had a scholarship at Alabama. That thing that happened over at North Atlanta [Justin Taylor], that wasn’t the same thing here. Dalvin always had a a scholarship to Alabama.”
  • What about Alabama’s scholarship numbers? “I kept hearing everybody say that Alabama was getting close to being full and telling me ‘You need to do something, if that is where Dalvin wants to go.’ Alabama was Dalvin’s No. 1 choice but he didn’t want to rush things. I know Alabama was close to being full. Dalvin actually committed to Coach Saban when he made an in-home visit on MLK Day [on Jan. 16] but he wanted to keep it a secret until signing day.”
  • For an elite prospect, Dalvin never seemed to the flashy type or want the media attention. Why do you think Dalvin kept it a secret for three more weeks? “I asked him that. He just wanted to make sure on his part. On Alabama’s part of the deal, there was never any hesitation. They always wanted him. When it got close with the numbers at Alabama and he needed to do something, Dalvin committed. But he wanted to keep it a secret and that I can’t answer. I don’t know why.”
    AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson was "Nick's boy" all along, claims his coach (AJC)

    AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson was "Nick's boy" all along, claims his coach (AJC)

  • Who else knew Dalvin had committed to Alabama weeks ago? “I’m the only one he told at first. He finally fessed up to [Georgia Tech assistant Joe Speed] a few days before signing day about where he was going. Coach Speed honored his wishes by keeping it a secret. Now I can’t answer why Dalvin wanted to wait until signing day. He couldn’t give me an answer on that. But our timing had nothing to do with [Philon] because Dalvin always had an Alabama offer. Alabama was the most truthful school in the recruiting process. They were the most honest. They didn’t pester him and they didn’t bug him. That was one big thing that Dalvin liked about Alabama – that they didn’t downgrade other programs. Coach Saban spoke very highly of other programs, especially Georgia and Georgia Tech. And Dalvin, with the type of character he has, he appreciated that. Alabama didn’t play any games with him.”
  • Are you talking about Georgia Tech and UGA? “It was more Georgia Tech than Georgia. Dalvin wasn’t upfront with Coach Speed until right before the dead period. Coach Speed just thought the numbers didn’t look good at Alabama and that they were holding a spot for him at Georgia Tech.
  • What about UGA? “I think when Dalvin didn’t go on his official visit there, they got the hint. Dalvin did have a family problem [which made him cancel], but the signs were there when he didn’t go to UGA on the official visit or make plans to reschedule it. I guess they got the idea then. He wasn’t upfront with them … Dalvin really liked [UGA RB coach Bryan McClendon]. He said if McClendon was the defensive line coach, he might’ve considered going to Georgia. He thought very highly of Coach McClendon and developed a relationship with him. But he’s the running backs coach. When I say that, Alabama was his No. 1 school all along. I don’t know why he waited it out but he was never going to Georgia or Georgia Tech.”

Other items on “the story that won’t go away”

Justin Taylor on Bama: "... they did me wrong. I was the No. 7 to commit, that’s all I’ve got to say. I was committed to them for a year. They could’ve handled it better.”  (AJC)

Justin Taylor on Bama: "... they did me wrong. I was the No. 7 to commit, that’s all I’ve got to say. I was committed to them for a year. They could’ve handled it better.” (AJC)

  • The moral of this story: If you commit to Alabama, it’s safe unless you get injured or Alabama has the opportunity to upgrade at your position before you officially sign the paperwork.
  • Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News: “Call me cynical, but there’s no question that Philon and Taylor were more committed to Alabama than Alabama was to them when better players lined up to take their place. And yet, despite stories like Philon’s and Taylor’s, an awful lot of prospects can’t wait to play for Alabama … What does it all mean? When Saban’s process is good, it’s very good. When it goes bad, Alabama goes on, and some young men go away.”
  • Al.com’s Mike Herndon: “All verbal commitments are non-binding, even from coaches who claim to be “old-fashioned” and believe “a commitment is a commitment.” On Wednesday, Saban praised the players who had stuck by their commitments to Alabama in this year’s class, calling it “a positive thing for us in terms of managing our recruiting this year.” What his actions have told future recruits, however, is that if you get hurt, that commitment isn’t necessarily a two-way street.”
  • One thing that might’ve been overlooked by many from the Justin Taylor story was the conversation between North Atlanta coach Stanley Prichett and Chris Rumph, the Alabama assistant in charge of botching Taylor’s situation. When they talked on signing day, Rumph apparently was putting pressure on Justin to make a decision for Feb. 2013 — which is a year away. Said Prichett: “[Rumph] asked what Justin was going to do because they wanted to go after some other people.”
  • Apparently, no one asked Saban about Justin Taylor or Darius Philon at Alabama’s signing day press conference. However, Saban may have alluded to both when he said this: “I think basically what we did was, because of the cynical attitude people have towards whether coaches are really doing what’s in the best interest of the young people that we coach, which I sort of resent, to be honest with you, because that’s one of the things that we pride ourselves in, we actually took some opportunities away from guys that really wanted to come to Alabama that we couldn’t sign, and they couldn’t come here because we couldn’t offer that [sign and grayshirt] option to them.” Note: The AJC requested an interview with Saban last week to give his version of events with Taylor or his recruiting tactics in general. We’re awaiting his response.

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1,172 comments Add your comment

NiquePhotog

February 5th, 2012
3:16 pm

NiquePhotog

February 5th, 2012
3:18 pm

I call shenanigans on this whole matter.

If Dalvin knew, why would he wait until signing day except for all of the extra attention? He seems like a good kid and all but it makes you wonder…

Mey

February 5th, 2012
3:21 pm

Dawg Mom

February 5th, 2012
3:22 pm

Nick Saban is the devil. Thank you God for giving us a fine Christian man with honesty and integrity like coach Mark Richt. He may not win as many games as Coach Saban, but he wins with honesty and integrity that makes me proud to be a Dawg fan. I can sleep at night knowing he represents our university.

JD

February 5th, 2012
3:23 pm

ok not first and why did Dalvin play the games with Tech?

JD

February 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

So Philon got scr*wed, surprise, surprise. Didn’t see anything where Tech played games with Dalvin. Happy with Kallon, Gamble and the Aussie. Dalvin better not get hurt at Alabama or he’ll have to rely on paying for his degree.

Dap01

February 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

Alabama has no character. Saban has no integirty.

Savannah Dawg

February 5th, 2012
3:28 pm

Mark Richt is a Christian man and would never do this to kids. It’s shameful.

gogetm78

February 5th, 2012
3:29 pm

Sad thing is Saban could care less. As a parent how could you send your child to play under a coach like this it baffles me. Winning is great in the long run its better to have some class. Saban is toying around with these 17 18 year old kids it a shame.

NiquePhotog

February 5th, 2012
3:30 pm

Yeah, I don’t think the question should have been “Did Georgia Tech and UGA play games with Dalvin?”….should have been the other way around.

And starting to grab the GT hat at first – plain a$$ery. Although everyone knew he was going to Bama after he said he’d be going to a college with a not-so-good business school

Reporter

February 5th, 2012
3:30 pm

The Alabama media didn’t ask Saban about Taylor & Philon because they’re scared of Nick.

George P

February 5th, 2012
3:31 pm

Injury or not, you’ve made a commitment. You owe the kid the scholarship. When you make an offer before his senior season you are taking a chance that he’ll get hurt. That’s the risk. Accept it. Otherwise wait until after that season to make your offers.

This, the pressure to drop injured kids or ones who do no pan out due to scholarship limits, is the main reason Bobby Dodd took Tech out of the SEC. The NCAA put in limits shortly thereafter, so it had little effect, but he wanted to continue to provide the scholarships he’d promised, even if the kids never played.

bamanatl

February 5th, 2012
3:32 pm

This just shows you how much he really cares about the kids. Its all about him. This guy is a coward. Snatches schollys from kids and then has his assistant coaches do the dirty work.

dowhat

February 5th, 2012
3:33 pm

The way alabama was dropping recruits and waiting on other recruits, I don’t for second believe Dalvin knew he had a legit offer from them unil the end. The article seems confusing when asked which school ugay or Tech played games with Dalvin? Seem like he was the one playing games. “Dalvin wasn’t upfront with coach Speed.” Another kid that fell for Saban’s lies. He better not get hurt or he will be on the street.

lars taint supporter

February 5th, 2012
3:34 pm

Was there ever a retraction on someones column in regards to UGA’s top 10 recruiting class streak ending?

reep98

February 5th, 2012
3:35 pm

If u commit to BAMA it means nothing. When will u people learn that. Integrity means nothing.

Philon’s coach told al.com “He had the world snatched up from under him.” Philon was apparently no longer needed after Alabama upgraded at the position with defensive linemen Dalvin Tomlinson and Korren Kirven.

German Shepherd Dawg

February 5th, 2012
3:35 pm

Let’s dissect this article further, shall we?

First we have Dalvin, “with the type of character he has.”

What type of character might that be? His coach said, “he was never going to Georgia or Georgia Tech.” So what decision was left to be made?

Because he “waited” to the last second, apparently Saban left this poor kid Philon twist in the wind. Even the Alabama sports writers can’t sugar coat this despicable treatment of a teenager who was humiliated in public by having his offer downgraded at the last second, thanks to the “character-driven” Dalvin. This whole story turns my stomach. I remember Brent Benedict, who blew out his knee, got a free year in school to rehab it, then left for Virginia Tech to get a second free year of rehab. Richt honored the commitment. Saban doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

Jgezzy

February 5th, 2012
3:37 pm

Interesting that Sabah spoke highly of UGA & GT, never thought about that…

Atlanta insight sports blog – http://atlinsight.com

hipdawg

February 5th, 2012
3:38 pm

Folks. Alabama has always been the dirtiest program for years.The whole state keeps the cover-ups from the media,Dirty Dirty Dirty.Winning at all cost is the mantra.Rules arrest, always kept hush hush.

Wonder Dawg

February 5th, 2012
3:38 pm

1984uga

February 5th, 2012
3:39 pm

When you are Nick Saban with several national championships, you can pick/choose who & when you want recruits to come to Alabama. I believe that if CMR were placed in this position, he would honor his word & not treat people this way.

I’ve said before… if I had a kid that wanted to play football, I would hope that he would choose UGA & CMR over other SEC schools. There is more to an individual’s well being than just football.

I wish the AJC would report more of this type of behavior from SEC coaches.

magnola dawg

February 5th, 2012
3:40 pm

Nicks Boy lol we will see………………….. he has the right temperment already

Jacket Man

February 5th, 2012
3:40 pm

The question was who jerked who around and the answer was that Tomlonson jerked Tech around not the other way around, and then piled it the Jacket fans on by pulling the stunt with the hats. If he knew all along he was planning on going to Alabama, then why did he string GA Tech along the entire time, holding up a scholarship they could have/would have offered to another deserving player before it was too late? This spits in the face of someone who has espoused honor and integrity.

Joe

February 5th, 2012
3:40 pm

Dang, all these high school coaches are punk suckers. You are all being pimped, you fools.

205

February 5th, 2012
3:41 pm

Supply and Demand. Why do you think underachiever Georgia/Richt only signed 18 and other top 10 schools maxed out? What do think happens when 20,000 kids apply to Harvard and only 5,300 get signed into Cambridge. This story might have credibility if it wasn’t posted by a Georgia grad with an axe to grind. Haters will always hate on successful programs.

gross

February 5th, 2012
3:42 pm

at least chizik and richt keep their word Saban stay out of atlanta.

01HAWK

February 5th, 2012
3:43 pm

As always the AJC would like to bring BAMA down, but it will not work.

SABANS 2013 CLASS is already 7 deep, so a word to the recruits is you had better jump on board while you can.

SABAN does not wait to offer a 2/3 STAR such as WILL ADAMS towards signing day. He has more than enough players waiting to come to BAMA.

Here are some of the schools that offered WILL ADANS:

SOU MISS
SOUTH ALA
BUFFALO
MEMPHIS
MARSHALL
LOUISVILLE
KENTUCKY
ILLINOIS

This kid was not in SABANS plans and he never offered this kid, yet UGA was trying desperately along with AUBARN to sign him after PLAN A blew up in their faces of not signing enough OL.

AUBARN and GEORGIA would like to have the record that BAMA has. BAMA just did not get to be ELITE when SABAN came on board. BAMA has been one of the top 5 jobs in COLLEGE FOOTBALL for a long time.

It is as good as it gets at BAMA and kids want to play for a CHAMPIONSHIP. These kids want to play for NICK SABAN and it will continue.

SABAN has his sights on BRICE RAMSEY. GEORGIA will have a fight on their hands. More times than not………………………………….SABAN gets what he wants.

ROLL TIDE ROLL……………………………….Have a good day AJC !!!!

WDE '94

February 5th, 2012
3:44 pm

HEY REUBEN FOSTER, YOU BETTER DE-COMMIT FROM ALABAMA BECAUSE IF YOU GET HURT, YOUR SCHOLLIE WILL BE YANKED.

dawgenuff

February 5th, 2012
3:45 pm

I can’t believe he actually picked Alabama over Georgia and UGA!! If we had two shots ,how come we didn’t win?

james

February 5th, 2012
3:46 pm

I hope none of these boys get hurt or just aren’t as
good as hype by these recruiting services or
Nicky will kick their butts to the curb…. Just a fact
of life over in T-Town…. Its a year to year deal at
Bama and maybe the other schools if they want to
win anything should consider doing more of it….
College Football is a business with some of the kids
actually getting a degree but not all……

HighTech

February 5th, 2012
3:47 pm

•The moral of this story: If you commit to Alabama, it’s safe unless you get injured or Alabama has the opportunity to upgrade at your position before you officially sign the paperwork.
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Sad but true.

Evan in Norcross

February 5th, 2012
3:49 pm

Caravel shouldn’t you be investigating why 3 UGA players were dismissed from football team? Crickets chirping. We know that isn’t gonna happen. Georgia alum with no conscience.

01HAWK

February 5th, 2012
3:50 pm

I have my 2009 and 2011 Commerative edition magazines from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Actually for 2011…………………They have 2 magazines.

I guess you can go to the local PILOT TUCK STOPS and get you 2011 SEC EAST CHAMPIONSHIP MAGAZINES from FIELD and STREAM.

Gerald

February 5th, 2012
3:52 pm

Look, I don’t have a problem with what Saban did. I am a fan of Georgia Tech, where winning a BCS bowl game is an accomplishment akin to winning a national title, so if Saban is playing the game better than most, that is a problem for UGA, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn and LSU, not me. Here is the deal: if you are a 3 star recruit, enroll early. Don’t be a prima donna who wants the rock star treatment of taking all these visits and making the dramatic signing day announcement at your high school. Don’t indulge in the nonsense of going to the prom (aren’t there junior proms anyway?) and playing baseball (unless you are a serious bet for the minor league draft) and track your last year. Take your academic and athletic future seriously and enroll early. If you haven’t qualified in time enough to enroll early, then you have bigger problems than not being able to go to your first choice of schools. But if you are a qualified 3 star recruit and you don’t enroll early, then I am sorry: you are being willfully naive about the recruiting game. If a program is SERIOUS about you, they will WANT you to enroll early so you can get that extra semester of spring football and weight training in, plus you can get an early start on studying, as the NCAA has now started punishing programs who don’t graduate their players. Folks who say “there should be an early signing period in college football” … it already exists. It is in January when kids – and parents – who take their futures more seriously than being the star of the prom one last time are enrolling for spring classes.

Now get this: if a school DOESN’T want you to enroll early, they tell you to wait until signing day to commit then come in for the fall, THEN IT MEANS THAT THEY ARE HOLDING YOUR SPOT FOR SOMEBODY ELSE. If that “somebody else” comes like Yeldon and Tomlinson did, then you’re looking at a greyshirt AT BEST. Had Taylor and Philon attempted to early enroll, they would either be at Alabama right now, or they would have been able to take visits and do better for themselves than Kentucky and Arkansas. Taylor probably could be at South Carolina right now, Philon would almost certainly be at Auburn. I feel for Taylor and Philon, but let this be a lesson to all 3 star recruits that are trying to go to these football factories that don’t value 3 star recruits the way that my school does (because my school rarely signs 4 star recruits): enroll early, or don’t complain when things don’t work out. Or target a “lesser school” that doesn’t bring in top 10 recruiting classes year after year.

saban

February 5th, 2012
3:54 pm

How games did Saban win in the NFL??

Gerald

February 5th, 2012
3:59 pm

Now as to you Alabama fans: quit claiming that it was because these kids were injured, ok? Who needs TWO YEARS to recover from an injury? Taylor’s knee injury wasn’t even that severe. Severe knee injuries that take over a year to heal are where you tear all three ligaments: ACL, MCL and PCL. Taylor only tore his ACL and his meniscus. The guy will get plenty of carries for Kentucky this fall. Philon: same story. He only tore his meniscus FOUR MONTHS AGO. Had he not played on the injury (3 weeks into the Alabama H.S. playoffs, just the type of player that Bear Bryant would have LOVED!) the kid would be mere weeks away from being 100%. As it is, he will be 100% by summer, and will also get snaps at Arkansas this fall.

It is funny. Mark Ingram injured his knee in late summer, had arthoscopic surgery on it on August 31, and rushed for 151 yards by September 18th, and had 24 carries on September 25th against Arkansas. But Justin Taylor and Darius Philon hurt their knees, and they need TWO YEARS of rehab. TWO YEARS. When you are at Alabama and get knee surgery on August 31st, you play on September 18th. But if you are a 3 star recruit and Saban wants your scholarship for a 5 star player, hurting your knee in October 2011 means sitting on the shelf until September 2013.

Yeah right, Tide fans. Just acknowledge that Saban gave their spots to better recruits, and that if these kids wanted to come to ‘Bama, they should have early enrolled. Or at least tried to and found out where they really stood with ‘Bama a lot earlier. Stanley Pritchett: you know what a shark tank the SEC is. Had you had the kid for whom you were the guardian tell Alabama back in November: “hey, we are going to enroll in January”, you would have found out BACK THEN that you were #27 instead of #7 in that class. That is the truth. NOT nonsense about it taking TWO YEARS to get over an ACL and meniscus tear, ‘Bama fans.

HighTech

February 5th, 2012
4:02 pm

Dalvin said he decided a week before signing day, but he committed to Alabama on Jan. 16, according to the article.

http://www.high5sports.com/dpp/sports/hs_football/Dalvin-Tomlinson-Alabama-20120201

•Did Georgia Tech and UGA play games with Dalvin? “It was more Georgia Tech than Georgia. Dalvin wasn’t upfront with Coach Speed until right before the dead period. Coach Speed just thought the numbers didn’t look good at Alabama and that they were holding a spot for him at Georgia Tech.

And that doesn’t even make sense.

Paddy

February 5th, 2012
4:07 pm

Georgia High School Coaches……….Just say NO to Saban! This is very disturbing!

bigtime

February 5th, 2012
4:08 pm

Delete my post…nice, like a cat covering up $%#T.

,a href=http://arkansas.247sec.com/2012/02/03/the-curious-journey-of-signee-darius-philon/>The curious journey of signee Darius Philon

ADMan

February 5th, 2012
4:09 pm

All you Bama fans can call it what you want but Saban is a liar and a user, pure and simple. If you choose to ignore the facts that just shows what an idiot you are. As long as Saban gets what he wants,he could care less about the athletes he manipulates to serve his purpose….SAD…you Bama tralier trash can’t see the forest for the tree’s….if it was your son I’ll bet you’d be howling at the top of your lungs at how your son got shafted and lied to…..Saban is Liar…pure and simple!

01HAWK

February 5th, 2012
4:09 pm

Who is misleading who ? PHILON has not even had knee surgery yet ? He was injured in November.

What is going on with that ?

AUABARN and MISS STATE offered this kid. AUBARN did not come back to him after BAMA wanted to grayshirt him. MS STATE did not either.

AUBARN, and MISS STATE KNEW SOMETHING APPARENTLY. This is about the 20-25 rated DEFENSIVE LINEMAN in the country.

PHILON was not up front.

WhineyUGAfans

February 5th, 2012
4:12 pm

Nick Saban is the devil. Thank you God for giving us a fine Christian man with honesty and integrity like coach Mark Richt. He may not win as many games as Coach Saban, but he wins with honesty and integrity that makes me proud to be a Dawg fan. I can sleep at night knowing he represents our university.
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Once again another hit piece by the AJC…..pulling out all the stops….got news for ya, you sniffling, whiny, butthurt jawja supporters…you can try and turn all of this into a “Saban is Satan” , and “Saban doesn’t care about the kids(whimper…cry…moan…sobbing)”…as you continue to cry…he continues to put these kids in the best possible position to succeed….and oh how convenient that Richt decides that 3 kids need to be kicked off from the team…where’s the outrage?….when a team is dominating like Bama is right now, there are always going to be losers trying to rationalize why the other team is so good and why their team sux…Hey Jawja!! 2 BCS championships in 3 years and more to come…rationalize away!!! What a loser fan base…ur becoming more and more like awburn everyday!!! LOL RTR!!!

asw

February 5th, 2012
4:13 pm

Why keep interviewing this kid’s High School Coach? He resigned from the position already!

WhineyUGAfans

February 5th, 2012
4:14 pm

All you Bama fans can call it what you want but Saban is a liar and a user, pure and simple. If you choose to ignore the facts that just shows what an idiot you are. As long as Saban gets what he wants,he could care less about the athletes he manipulates to serve his purpose….SAD…you Bama tralier trash can’t see the forest for the tree’s….if it was your son I’ll bet you’d be howling at the top of your lungs at how your son got shafted and lied to…..Saban is Liar…pure and simple!
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Case in point…..sniff sniff…lol

gt4ever

February 5th, 2012
4:14 pm

This whole recruiting system is absurd. Why any athlete would want to go to UA is beyond me…. Dirtiest program in the country! But hey, they always have been dirty. That is precisely why GT is no longer in the SEC… The SEC conference, a conference of hypocrites!

Paul in NH

February 5th, 2012
4:14 pm

Have some of the posts on this topic been deleted? I am pretty sure I read a post by an Alabama fan named “chris” who attacked the AJC for a sloppy headline. Now it is gone.
Although I am a critic of Saban in the Taylor case, the headline to this blog does not reflect the content – Tomlinson is not even quoted in the post.
If the AJC writers are going to delete posts for any reason other than profanity, racism or attacking high school players then there is no point in treating the AJC blogs as a public forum.

01HAWK

February 5th, 2012
4:16 pm

“It’s not a big secret that the knee is worse than just a minor deal,” said one person in the Mobile area involved in the sports scene. “He also hasn’t had any success with any rehab.”

On the surface, Saban was playing it safe with the new league-wide restrictions on signing players. What is surprising to a lot of observers around the league and in the state of Alabama is why Auburn didn’t jump in to pick up Philon, who originally committed to the Tigers.

“They still had two scholarships left when the word about Philon came out, they are trying to sign every defensive lineman they can find and they don’t make an offer to someone who committed to them first?” said one former Auburn player still close to the program. “Loyalty doesn’t come in at that point, regardless of what you think about Alabama or Auburn. The Tigers need defensive linemen. They knew the knee wasn’t going to be ready to go and there are questions that he can get into school.

Tech Fan Since 1950

February 5th, 2012
4:17 pm

Coach Rozier, from my perspective of not knowing all the facts but only what you have stated on this blog before signing day and now today, I think you should be ashamed of the way you and Dalvin handled this situation. The games played were frankly by you and Dalvin. I know you are in a tough spot, but boy you could have saved a lot of folks a whole lot of trouble by just being frank from the very beginning and not helping to turn this whole thing into the three ring circus that it became. Best wishes to Dalvin, but boy I hope everyone learned from this episode.

01HAWK

February 5th, 2012
4:19 pm

WHINE, WHINE, WHINE………………………………….You guys are a bunch a whining WHIMPS.

Get you a team that can compete.

GOT TISSUE ?

Remarkable

February 5th, 2012
4:19 pm

If you commit to Alabama, it’s safe unless you get injured or Alabama has the opportunity to upgrade at your position before you officially sign the paperwork.
Al.com’s Mike Herndon: On Wednesday, Saban praised the players who had stuck by their commitments to Alabama in this year’s class. What his actions have told future recruits, however, is that if you get hurt, that commitment isn’t necessarily a two-way street.”

Let the buyer be ware! Alabama will sell you a bill of goods if they can.