Alabama basketball: AD Greg Byrne releases statement on Collin Sexton’s NCAA eligibility

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama athletic director Greg Bryne released a statement on the eligibility status for Crimson Tide basketball star freshman Collin Sexton.

Sexton did not dress out with the team ahead of the Crimson Tide’s exhibition against Alabama-Huntsville on Monday.

“The NCAA informed us late this afternoon that Colin Sexton has not had his eligibility reinstated by the NCAA,” Bryne said in a statement. “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.

“While we are disappointed, the right decision was to err on the side of caution for  tonight’s exhibition game.”

Sexton, a 5-star prospect, was expected to start at one of the guard spots for the Crimson Tide this season.

Sexton’s eligibility issues stem from the resignation of former Alabama staff Kobie Baker.

Baker allegedly took part in a bribery scheme where he accepted money to direct a Crimson Tide basketball player to sign with an Atlanta financial adviser after entering the NBA Draft.

The university believes that Baker was involved in a meeting with Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person, one of the four assistants who were arrested in September by the FBI, and advisor Rashan Michel. The FBI complaint does not name Baker, just as “staff member.”

At the meeting, it is alleged that Michel was given $10,000 to give to “staff member.” Also involved in the meeting was the “father of a highly regarded incoming freshman” from the Atlanta area, assumed to be Sexton.

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