November 14, 2007

Saban updates textbook suspensions

Alabama coach Nick Saban hinted Wednesday that the school's internal review of textbook distribution procedures, which began after five football players were suspended, may soon be coming to a close.

"I've been told that we may get some indication of that by the end of the week, but I don't know that for a fact, either," Saban said Wednesday.

Starting offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell and Marlon Davis, as well as running back Glen Coffee and defensive backs Chris Rogers and Marquis Johnson, were suspended just before Alabama's game against Tennessee for a violation of institutional policy regarding the receipt of textbooks. The five have not played since, during which time Alabama is 1-2, with a win over Tennessee and losses to LSU and Mississippi State.

Alabama officials flew to NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis prior to the LSU game, but nothing was resolved and the school's investigation continued.

Although he has been more specific on his weekly radio show, until Wednesday Saban had previously referred media questions about the textbook investigation to the school administration.

"I would hope if they're going to play in the next game, we'd need to know sometime before the game," Saban said.

The Crimson Tide (6-4) has two remaining games, Saturday at home against Louisiana at Monroe, and at archrival Auburn the following week. In the absence of Davis and Caldwell, Alabama's current starting line had adjusted with Evan Cardwell at center, Mike Johnson at right guard and Chris Capps at right tackle.

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