Dareus to practice with Alabama amidst NCAA probe

With nothing new turning up in the NCAA investigation of Marcell Dareus, the stud defensive end will participate in practice with the rest of his Crimson Tide teammates when fall camp begins on Thursday in Tuscaloosa.

Head coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that the probe of whether Dareus violated rules during a spring trip to South Beach is in the hands of the NCAA.

So the way he sees it, it’s time to start preparing for a defense of the national championship. And that means Dareus should keep his focus on the field.

“He's mature enough to know that he created a situation for himself,” Saban told The Associated Press. “He's going to have to live with the consequences if there are consequences. But there will be a day when he's allowed to play football again, and it may be very soon. He needs to prepare himself to take advantage of that.”

Football players at North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia are also under investigation in connection with the same trip.

Alabama opens defense of its title Sept. 4 against San Jose State.

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