TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) – Top-ranked Alabama will invade No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. right here on CBS/WHNT, plus we have a special pre-game show at 1 p.m.
But just days before the biggest game of the young college football season comes a bombshell distraction that Alabama head coach Nick Saban would rather do without.
According to a report from Yahoo! Sports just out Wednesday afternoon, former Alabama star lineman D.J. Fluker accepted cash and other benefits from agents while a member of the Crimson Tide. These allegations could impact the final result of all Alabama games in which he participated in.
These are just allegations at this point.
Yahoo! Sports reports it has authenticated transactions between Fluker and former teammate Luther Davis involving hotel stays, furniture, flights, and cash transfers.
The San Diego Chargers drafted Fluker this past spring.
Saban addressed the matter Wednesday at a news conference that was scheduled prior to the report being published.
“There’s nobody in this organization that wants to do anything that’s not above board, and we don’t want our players to do it either,” said Saban. “That’s not what the program is built on and that’s not what we’re going to do.”
“We will handle it appropriately. This is an administrative issue that our leadership will do a very, very good job of managing.”
“We appreciate your interest in the game,” Saban said as he walked off the podium.