Nick Saban broke the news yesterday afternoon, though he refused to go into specifics:
“I’m going to be consistent. When guys get suspended, I never ever say what it’s for. All right? So I’m not going there, so don’t ask me. It’s the way it always happens. Every guy.
If they do right, they wouldn’t be getting suspended. I don’t know for how long this will be, so don’t ask me that either. That’s the only new news we have right now.”
OK, got it.
Clinton-Dix is a key member of an Alabama defense that’s had its ups and downs in 2013. He’s expected to be a first-round NFL draft pick should the junior leave after the season. He led Alabama with five INTs last year.
A cynical man might point out that Alabama faces lowly Georgia State this week with a visit to bottom-of-the-East-Division Kentucky to follow. Either way, the loss of Clinton-Dix leaves a large hole in Bama’s secondary. Saban said that sophomores Landon Collins and Geno Smith will attempt to fill that hole until Clinton-Dix returns.