Alabama’s athletics department has placed assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris on administrative leave after the university learned he provided impermissible benefits to junior safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, according to a report in The Tuscaloosa News.
Harris provided a “short-term loan” to Clinton-Dix this summer for an amount less than $500, The Tuscaloosa News reports. This would be a violation of NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124, the paper notes, which states that “an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletics interests may not provide a student-athlete with extra benefits or services, including, but not limited to … a loan of money.”
The school’s investigation into the improper dealings between Harris and Clinton-Dix also found a connection between Harris and the representative of a sports agent. While Alabama’s internal investigation found no indication that Clinton-Dix had contact with either this representative or an agent, per The Tuscaloosa News report, such a relationship – if true – would constitute a significant violation of NCAA rules regarding student-athlete eligibility.
Clinton-Dix himself is currently under suspension: Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday that his starting safety had been suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules.