Speaking on the SEC teleconference just a few minutes ago, Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked about the eligibility of Julio Jones and Mark Ingram as it relates to the investigation of their spring fishing trip paid by Athens resident Curtis Anderson.
“That is up to the NCAA,” Saban said. “I don’t think it’s my decision to do anything. But we are hoping for a responses and we are hoping to do things the right way from a program’s standpoint and for the players’ best interest. I think the institution has handled the situation with tremendous professional integrity. We’re hopeful to have some resolution to the situation in the short-term.”
Later, he chose not to speculate on what kind of issues losing the two would create going into Saturday’s game with Virginia Tech.
“I’ve got enough problems with what-is,” Saban said. “So let’s focus on what is for right now.”
On the flu topic, Saban said he hopes to have starting linebacker Cory Reamer back in practice Wednesday after missing two with the flu.
UPDATE: I must have missed the very beginning of Saban’s turn on the teleconference. Several other outlets are reporting Saban said Brandon Deaderick won’t likely play Saturday against Virginia Tech. The coach will be addressing reporters again today following the 3:30 p.m. practice.
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