Alabama basketball placed on three years’ probation

Alabama was placed on three years’ probation by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions on Friday, stemming from a 2017 incident in which a former administrator accepted bribes to connect a player’s family with a financial adviser.

The school also has to pay a fine that equates to $5,000 plus 1 percent of the men’s basketball operating budget. The former administrator — mentioned in reports as former associate athletic director Kobie Baker — received a 10-year show cause penalty.

There were no postseason tournament bans or loss of scholarships levied by the NCAA, which termed the violation as Level I-Mitigated. Baker was charged with a Level I-Aggravated penalty.

According to multiple reports, the player involved was former Crimson Tide star Collin Sexton, who departed for the NBA after one season. Sexton, who now plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is not mentioned in the report.

Multiple reports cite Marty Blazer as the financial adviser involved. His name also isn’t mentioned in the report.

“The former associate athletics director admitted he knew from the first meeting that the financial advisor and his representative wanted access to student-athletes and their parents,” the NCAA report stated. “The committee said he also knew they wanted him to facilitate that access because it would enhance their credibility in the eyes of potential clients.”

According to the report, the university and NCAA enforcement staff agreed that the former associate athletics director received at least $3,000 from the adviser for setting up dinner with the player’s father.

The meeting was a violation of NCAA rules “because athletics department staff members are prohibited from receiving benefits for facilitating or arranging a meeting between a student-athlete or their family members and an agent, financial advisor or a representative of an agent or advisor.”

The allegations became known in September 2017 during the college basketball corruption trial in the Southern District of New York. Alabama reported the allegations to the NCAA, and Baker resigned his position the following day.

Alabama received the written notice of inquiry from the NCAA on May 8, 2019.

According to, the Alabama men’s basketball budget was $16.03 million for the 2019 fiscal year. One percent would make the fine slightly more than $165,000.