Alabama Basketball Hit With 3 Years Probation
The Alabama Crimson Tide has been informed by the NCAA that it will serve a three year probation period and pay a fine as punishment for its involvement in the FBI investigations that swept through college basketball in the last year. Kobie Baker, an associate athletic director for basketball resigned amid allegations of impropriety in 2017.
The Crimson Tide will not have to serve a postseason ban while under probation and also does not face a loss of scholarships. Alabama will instead pay a $5,000 plus 1 % of the programs budget fine. Additionally, Baker is under a 10-year show cause order, making it much more difficult to work in college basketball.
Baker committed NCAA violations when he was paid to set up a meeting between a student athlete's father and financial advisors. The player in question is current NBA player Collin Sexton. Baker was paid at least $3,000 by the financial advisors to arrange a dinner with Sexton's father.
Alabama's cooperation with the FBI and the NCAA along with the quick dismissal of Baker, seemed to be the primary reason why punishment for the program was so light. This comes down as good news for Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats who was not in charge when this investigation was conducted.
The Crimson Tide starts its season in five days when it will host Jacksonville State at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 25.