Nick Saban's Alabama team had a handful of secondary violations to report. (USATSI)
Why is this not a bigger deal? Because these are the annual self-reported secondary violations, the same insignificant violations you could find by throwing a rock at the FBS and checking with the compliance department of whatever program you happened to hit. And in this case, none of the violations are even particularly interesting. That said, they were self-reported by Alabama and one may actually have a minor impact on the Tide's 2015 roster.
Alabama is as useful an example as any for illustrating the humdrum bureaucracy of this kind of self-reporting. So, here's the five violations committed by the football program -- among 13 overall in the athletic department -- as reported by Tide compliance, according to al.com :
1. A player endorsed a product through social media. (This player was not Braxton Miller .)
2. A player received too much scholarship money after a computer entry error. The player was required to pay back the money.
3. A player's friend asked for her friends to be included on the player's "pass list," then sold the complimentary
tickets to the game. The friend and her friends were banned from receiving any complimentary admission to future games.
4. There was an accidental text from a coach to a recruit.
5. Though the Alabama announcement did not specify the player, it confirmed the Tide had allowed a new team member who was later found to be an NCAA academic non-qualifier. -- i.e. early-enrolling freshman running back DeSherrius Flowers -- to participate in team practices and workouts.
The only practical impact from any of these violations is Flowers was forced to leave the team and seek reinstatement -- his absence from a Tide running back depth chart hurt by transfers and injury could be felt if either Derrick Henry or Kenyan Drake also fall victim to the injury bug. (Then again, with five-star, No. 1 RB recruit Damien Harris 's imminent arrival, probably not.) Other punishments included the usual temporary recruiting restrictions and further rules education.
So, yes, Alabama had several violations to report. It means just as little as the last set of violations they reported and once again shows how far the NCAA has to go to trim its rule book.