Stoutland Update

Don Kausler has a profile up of Tide assistant coach Jeff Stoutland.

As you probably know, Stoutland was implicated in the goings-on at Miami:

Months after Stoutland’s arrival in Tuscaloosa, news of widespread NCAA violations at Miami broke. Stoutland and other Miami assistant coaches, including now-Alabama director of football operations Joe Pannunzio, delivered high-profile recruits to the mansion of a booster who provided impermissible benefits, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

Stoutland and Pannunzio allegedly were responsible for taking Florida tackle Matt Patchan, then a student at Seffner (Fla.) Armwood, to the booster.

Saban addressed the report two days after it came out, saying that Stoutland and Pannunzio had passed NCAA background checks before they joined Alabama’s staff and “if any of these people had any wrongdoing, I’m sure the NCAA will investigate it in due time, and if they did anything wrong I’m sure they will get the appropriate punishment.”

That was on Aug. 18. Nobody at Alabama has said anything since then about Stoutland’s alleged involvement in the scandal, but DeLeone has plenty to say.

“I know it hurt him personally,” DeLeone said. “His name was mentioned because he was their best recruiter. In the passion to get a recruit and the pressure that is put on Division I coaches to get that recruit, there is a temptation to cross that line sometimes. One thing about Jeff: That line will never be crossed.

“The truth will set you free. This man will never have one iota of scandal attached to his name. He is as morally and ethically sound as anybody I have ever been around. This guy is impeccable.”

I’m real interested to see how this deal plays out in the off-season.  Stoutland was portrayed extremely negatively in press accounts of the violations at Miami.  One would have to think that how Alabama handles Stoutland after this season would be a good indication of how they feel about his involvement in the allegations.

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