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Alabama puts assistant on leave over loan

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A day after Alabama suspended safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix indefinitely, the school placed strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris on administrative leave for providing impermissible benefits to the player, The Tuscaloosa News reported Thursday.

Harris gave Clinton-Dix a loan believed to be between $100 and $300 during the summer that was repaid before the football season began, Alabama's compliance department learned last weekend.

A loan is a violation of NCAA Bylaw 11.11.2.2, which simply states that an employee or representative of a school may not provide a student-athletes with extra benefits, including a loan.

Coach Nick Saban suspended Clinton-Dix on Wednesday for a violation of team rules. The Tuscaloosa News reported that the school discovered a connection with Clinton-Dix and a sports agent, but an internal investigation by the university found no evidence of contact.

CBSSports.com reported Thursday night that Clinton Dix's suspension could last one to three games. The school submitted the suspension proposal to the NCAA, which can accept it or issue another punishment.

ESPN.com reported that Clinton-Dix was the only player involved with taking a loan. He is the team's second leading tackler this season with 24 stops and also has two pass breakups.

"When guys get suspended, I never, ever say what it's for, so I'm not going there, so don't ask me," Saban said. "It's the way I've always handled this -- every guy. They do right, they wouldn't be getting suspended. And I don't know for how long this will be, so don't ask me that either."

Clinton-Dix's replacement at safety for Saturday's game against Georgia State likely will be Landon Collins or Geno Smith. Collins has played cornerback this season and Smith moved to safety from cornerback this fall.
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