Report: Alabama’s Dareus declared ineligible

As I wrote this morning, Alabama officials investigated whether junior defensive lineman Marcell Dareus broke NCAA rules by attending an agent's party in Miami's South Beach earlier this summer — the same bash in question in the Marvin Austin case at North Carolina.

Now, The Tuscaloosa News is reporting that Dareus has been declared ineligible. If there is a bright side for the Crimson Tide, Dareus is believed to be the only Tide player who attended the party.

Alabama will immediately petition for the reinstatement of Dareus' eligibility, with the NCAA ultimately determining if he will be allowed to play in 2010. It is typical for a player to be declared ineligible whenever he potentially violates an NCAA rule.

The school, meanwhile, continues to investigate whether Dareus paid his own expenses for the trip, as well as whether the trip in general constituted an NCAA violation.

Both Alabama head coach Nick Saban and SEC commissioner Mike Slive have spoken out against the ever-increasing unregulated activity involving agents and their relationship with NFL prospects.

Dareus is the latest star to be questioned in a thorough investigation into illegal contact and conduct by sports agents, joining Marvin Austin and some North Carolina teammates, as well as South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders.

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