Anderson’s Lawyer: No conspiracy

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The Birmingham News’ Kevin Scarbinsky spoke with the non-football fan Curtis Anderson’s lawyer and posted an update at al.com. According to the story, “‘It’s all so ridiculous,’ (Anderson’s lawyer John) Plunk said. `He couldn’t care less about football. You can say there’s a lot of smoke on both sides, but there’s no fire. There’s no Alabama conspiracy (on his part), and there’s no Auburn conspiracy.”’

The Birmingham News report also places on the record important details about Anderson’s family association. His wife is an Auburn fan and son attends school there, according to the report.

While the Jones and Ingram trip was discussed, and important information about how Anderson knew Julio Jones was presented, nothing new was presented about how Anderson met Jerrell Harris. Likewise no information was provided about how Anderson allegedly provided an extra benefit to Harris.

Speculation has entered overdrive since revelations last night that Alabama was awaiting an NCAA ruling on Harris’ eligibility. Speculation increased further once Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban revealed that University of Alabama president Dr. Robert Witt visited Indianapolis in August to discuss the case with the NCAA. It is highly unusual for a president to become involved in a minor eligibility question. This has increased speculation about the scope of Dr. Witt’s conversations with the NCAA.

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  1. 2
    Greg

    As an Alabama this is an unfortunate set of circumstances. I believe nothing will become of this due to the fishiness of it, but I also feel that it will be hard to prove this Anderson character is a booster or had bad motives(Prove)

    These players have to treat the NCAA rules the same way they do the law, and if any doubt, call daddy Saban for guidance.

    I am convinced that at one point the University felt that Auburn might be up to something, like you have implied, or the Pres would not be flying to headquarters over this situation.

  2. 3
    Fishy

    I do find it strange that a guy who has no fondness for football is linked to Julio & Mark is the same guy linked to Jerrell. I have heard rumors that boosters solicit non-partial middle men, i.e., people like anderson to serve as a stooge should the NCAA get involved. Something is too fishy here

  3. 4
    Hunter Ford

    The NCAA rules are too ticky tack. If I wanted to give somebody a laptop computer is that such a big deal? Especially if I am a coincidental “friend” and not really a booster or fan. Will that make him play better than a guy at Auburn? There should be penalties for one school trying to bait another’s players into doing something wrong. If that’s the case.

    Might help him study. NCAA needs an overhaul and elimination of some silly rules.

    I agree, however, with many other posts that Alabama should be very dilligent and players, if faced with an uncertain situation should ask Co-Saban or some other top administrator for advice.

  4. 5
    Greg

    The reason they can get a laptop, in the eyes of the NCAA, is because when would it stop, and it would soon become standard practice from a rich booster. “If you come to Bama or Auburn, you will get a laptop and a car”, but some other school might not have a rich booster who would do this.

    The solution is to one day give players an allowance of some sort. If they play on teams that the NCAA deems money making sports. And it’s not fair, but conference that make more money will probably have to foot a larger part of the fund. It would have to be in a way that it is not deemed a pay check.

  5. 6
    finebammer

    guys, please.

    the fucking 800 pound gorilla in the room:

    “The Birmingham News report also places on the record important details about Anderson’s family association. His wife is an Auburn fan and son attends school there, according to the report.”

    and he didn’t know they all were football players.

    right. and dick cheney’s gonna star in a remake of the birdcage.

    no conspiracy???

    bullshit.

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