Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was provided impermissible benefits by assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris, according to The Tuscaloosa News, which led to the suspension of the star safety.
Harris has been placed on administrative leave by the Crimson Tide.
Head coach Nick Saban had announced Wednesday that Clinton-Dix was indefinitely suspended for a violation of team rules but did not get into specifics. According to the report, Alabama's compliance office has also discovered that Harris had a connection to a representative of a sports agent but found no evidence that Clinton-Dix was in contact with any agent or agent representative.
The Tuscaloosa News states that Harris loaned Clinton-Dix less than $500 over the summer, which would violate NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52. According to the paper, Clinton-Dix provided bank records to the school's compliance department that show a withdrawal in the amount he said he repaid to Harris.
Clinton-Dix is considered by most NFL Draft analysts to be the best safety in the college ranks.
If the amount of money really is less than $500, Clinton-Dix may not miss too much time. That's good news for a team that has a fairly easy slate before facing LSU. The biggest concern for Saban is essentially having a runner on his coaching staff.
Dave Miller, the college football editor and writer for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.