Johns violated NCAA rules

The Jimmy Johns saga continues to be laughable and sad. The guy allegedly sold cocaine in the parking lot of the athletic department.

And he broke NCAA eligibility rules with his dog breeding website. The website, jimmyjohnspitbulls.com, contained images of Johns in his Alabama uniform.

Under NCAA rules, student-athletes are allowed to establish a business but cannot use their “name, photograph, appearance or athletics reputation” to promote the business. Bylaw 12.5.2.1 states that a student-athlete will lose eligibility if he “accepts any remuneration for or permits the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind.”

I wonder what the name of his (alleged) cocaine business was? Or do you even have a name for drug dealing?

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Finebaum on the Johns case

We had no idea who this guy was
The pieces of the Johns puzzle outlined by The Rap Sheet.

Alabama’s linebacker problems traced to recruiting and bad luck
Bama Online examines the linebacker situation, and provides this nugget on why the position is thin this year:

the depth concerns can be traced back recruiting as well as unfortunate circumstances. Alabama’s 2004 signing class included just one pure linebacker – Marcel Stamps – whose career contributions were primarily on special teams…

Not much linebacker production came from UA’s 2005 class, either. Fanney was re-signed out of Hargrave Military Academy, but was again ticketed for defensive end. Reamer was actually signed as a defensive back and only moved to linebacker following a serious knee injury. Chris Keys was ousted by the Mike Shula staff for disciplinary reasons, Zach Schreiber left the team last year, and Huber was at linebacker for all of two practices as a true freshman before detouring to fullback.

The ’06 class produced two current reserves (Charlie Kirschman, Charlie Higgenbotham), and a third who failed to qualify (Labronski Hutchins).

Not Johns, but related to drugs and football
Former Alabama great Sherman Williams imprisoned in 2001 interviewed by Rick Karle from the FOX 6 archives.