Alabama basketball: Collin Sexton sits out exhibition game while eligibility remains a question

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Eligibility issues

Alabama didn’t play freshman guard Collin Sexton in its lone exhibition basketball game against Alabama-Huntsville on Monday. The NCAA has yet to reinstate the 5-star recruit’s eligibility, and that is why the decision was made.

“We don’t have any further information at this time, but we will continue to cooperate with the NCAA and work toward a resolution that results in Colin’s timely reinstatement,” Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement.

The issue of eligibility is connected to the resignation of former staffer Kobie Baker. Baker allegedly took part in a meeting where money was exchanged to sway an Alabama basketball player to sign with a financial adviser before the NBA draft. The timetable on Sexton’s eligibility is unknown. Alabama won the exhibition game, 74-65.

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  • SEC Network analyst Booger McFarland called out Fox Sports analyst Danny Kanell for his comparison of Alabama and Troy.

Injury updates

Alabama coach Nick Saban updated the statuses of linebackers Mack Wilson (foot) and Shaun Dion Hamilton (right knee), as well as safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (left hamstring). Wilson will be out for “4-6 weeks” with a foot injury but had successful surgery. Hamilton also had successful surgery. Hamilton was one of Alabama’s key leaders on defense.

This is something he’ll be able to respond to in a few months. Hopefully be able to come back and have an opportunity to do some things to extend his career,” Saban said.

Fitzpatrick was ruled out of practice by Saban but was dressed and going through drills during practice. He wore a support strip during practice.

Taking money?

Sports illustrated published a report saying that members of the 2009 Alabama national championship team accepted payments for autographs while in school. Cornerback Marquis Johnson and defensive tackle Terrence Cody were among the players specifically named in the report. When the news came out, people took to Twitter to react to the allegations made about the team. After the story broke, Johnson told AL.com that he did not take any money for autographs.

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