After vigorous investigation this morning, capstonereport.com has concluded that the University of Alabama neither owns nor is affiliated in any way legally or professionally with Fox Sports television.
Therefore, the University of Alabama is not liable for what Fox Sports decided to air during their coverage of Saturday’s Alabama-Arkansas game.
Saturday night, during the broadcast, Fox Sports television briefly showed Alabama head coach Nick Saban seated with Barry Sanders and his son, a 2012 running back prospect for the Tide.
Saban was shown on the jumbo tron at the game, but as a tight shot, with no one else in view.
“Our compliance office is aware of this claim and has looked into it. Based on that inquiry, it was determined that no violation was committed,” said UA spokesperson Doug Walker.
NCAA rules prohibit institutions from introducing visiting prospects at functions attended by the media or the public. Therefore Alabama would only be liable if University owned and operated production equipment was used to display their image together on the University owned and operated jumbo tron at the game.
Since that didn’t happen, we can safely get back to hugging trees and determining the reason the University of Arkansas won’t touch the highest profile recruits from their state.