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Bama Freshman Liner Blows Up The Internet With Photo Of Himself And Cash

Anyone need of some stupid can call incoming Alabama freshman footballer Dee Liner.  He appears to be plum eat up with it.

Yesterday, Liner — a highly-rated defensive end prospect who signed with the Tide in February — decided to post a photo of himself and his buddies on the social media platform Instagram.  The text accompanying the pic said: #StruggleOverWit.

The photo — of course — showed Liner and his pals holding cash aplenty:

 

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As is the case anytime a player posts photos of himself with big money — whether it’s Auburn’s Dakota Moseley or Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell – the internet melted down with rival fans screaming that the player had obviously been bought and paid for by his new school.  In this case, the University of Alabama.

The Liner story has gotten play everywhere from newspapers to websites to social media.  Like here, here, here, and here.

We’ve received several emails this morning — apparently from Tide fans — instructing us that when we write about the issue we should keep in mind that the money held by Liner and buddies could have come from anywhere.  Which is correct.

You see a bunch of 18-year-olds holding wads of cash and saying “StruggleOverWit” and your mind can go almost anywhere.  Maybe they won the lottery.  Maybe they’re independently wealthy.  Or maybe they just sold a kilo of weed.  Or maybe they knocked over a liquor store.

See?  There are all kinds of ways for teenagers to land fantails of money.  Unfortunately, I myself never had a thousand or so bucks of spending cash as a teenager… and I’d have probably had to sell a kilo of weed or knock over a liquor store to get it.

The real question in all of this is: “When will they learn?”

Oh, I’m not talking about the kids.  They’re teenagers, they’re supposed to be stupid.  Been there, was that.

I’m talking about coaches.  I’ve written it a few million times — and while Les Miles made a funny at SEC Media Days — I still say coaches should immediately ban their players from social media as soon as they sign their scholarship papers.  There’s no difference between that and preventing freshmen from speaking to the media.  It’s not a First Amendment issue in any way, shape or form.  It’s actually a means of protecting a school’s players and a school’s reputation… just in case one of those youngsters is dumb enough to do what Liner did yesterday.

To get a free ride and play football at Alabama — or anywhere else — is a privilege, not a right.  Want a free education?  Don’t tweet.  Want a shot to reach the NFL?  Don’t post photos on Instagram.  That’s hardly asking the players to give up food and water.

But, hey, what do I know?  Maybe Nick Saban, the UA administration and Crimson Tide fans everywhere like the fact that thousands of Americans are once again connecting the word “Alabama” with the word “cheating.”

A jump to conclusions?  Most assuredly.  But that should be expected.  Just as athletes should be expected to post dumb things on social media.

At some point you’d expect more coaches to realize that there’s a pretty simple solution to that problem.

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Report: Napier To Replace Groh At Alabama

mrsec-breaking-newsBilly Napier is leaving Florida State to become the wide receivers coach at Alabama, according to a report from Noles247.com.

Napier will replace Mike Groh, who’s leaving for the Chicago Bears, according to the Noles247 report.

Napier’s decision to leave Florida State comes less than two months after his arrival in Tallahassee. He was hired as Florida State’s tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator on Jan. 15.

Napier, who served as Colorado State’s quarterbacks coach in 2012, was the offensive quality control coach on Alabama’s 2011 staff. He previously served on Clemson’s staff from 2006-10.

Napier, widely regarded as one of the nation’s top recruiter, will be filling big shoes in that area. Groh was recently named the Rivals’ Recruiter of the Year after he helped Alabama sign such highly-touted prospects as defensive linemen Dee Liner and A’Shawn Robinson and running back Altee Tenpenny.

Napier was twice recognized by Rivals as one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters during his time at Clemson.

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DT Liner Picks Alabama Over Auburn And LSU

mrsec-breaking-newsFour-star defensive end Dee Liner from Muscle Shoals, Alabama will stay in state and suit up for the Crimson Tide.  Liner is viewed as one of the 10 best ends in the nation.

Once an Auburn Tiger commitment, Liner was also pursued by the Tigers from LSU.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 2/1/13

1. Florida coach Will Muschamp has masted the art of the recruiting flip.

2. Quarterback C.J. Duncan is set to sign with Vanderbilt next week.

3. It looks like Georgia could be in the mix for defensive end Dee Liner.

4. New Georgia DL coach Chris Wilson has been out on the recruiting trail.

5. Tennessee is pushing for Alpharetta, Ga., quarterback Josh Dobbs. So is Clemson.

6. LSU offered linebacker Duke Riley, who committed immediately.

7. The pressure is on for Houston, Miss., standout defensive end Chris Jones.

8. Linebacker Reuben Foster is down to three SEC schools.

9. Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche is headed to LSU this weekend.

10. Tennessee is pursuing several highly-touted prospects. Here’s a look.

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Tide Recruiting Continues To Roll

Alabama enjoyed another successful day in recruiting on Monday when it received a commitment from defensive end Tim Williams from University of Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, La.

How strong is Alabama’s recruiting right now? It was Alabama coach Nick Saban who gave the approval for Williams to commit to the Crimson Tide.

“Coach Saban said he wanted me to go ahead and commit,” Williams told BamaOnline.com. “It was the overall program and how they will utilize me on the field. I like the way they develop their players and the academic program.”

Williams, who projects to play linebacker at Alabama, joins a Crimson Tide 2013 commitment list that includes defensive end Jonathan Allen and cornerback Maurice Smith.

Alabama is still pursuing several highly-touted defensive prospects, including safety Vonn Bell, linebackers Reuben Foster and Matthew Thomas and defensive end Dee Liner, who de-committed from Auburn on Monday.

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Liner No Longer Committed To Auburn

Defensive end Dee Liner from Muscle Shoals (Ala.) High School has de-committed from Auburn.

“I’m going to make my decision on signing day,” Liner told AuburnSports.com. “I had to do what’s best for me and I appreciate what Auburn is and has done for me. I appreciate them, I just have to do what’s best for me. I appreciate all the Auburn fans.”

Liner said he will no longer consider Auburn but is taking a look at the Tigers’ top rival.

“Alabama is one of my favorites,” he said, “but my de-committing from Auburn has nothing to do with Alabama. I just didn’t feel comfortable with the (Auburn) coaching staff. I’ve been holding it in, I just had to get it off my shoulders.”

The loss of Liner is a significant one for Auburn, which holds 14 commitments for the class of 2013. Liner is ranked the nation’s No. 22 overall prospect by Rivals.

Liner’s decision could cause a familiar feeling for Auburn fans, who saw running back T.J. Yeldon switch his commitment from Auburn to Alabama just before he enrolled in school last spring. Yeldon rushed for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns while helping Alabama win the BCS championship this past season.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 8/20/12

1. Lineman Joshua Outlaw decommitted from Florida. What’s his plan now?

2. Arkansas continues its recruitment of Memphis, Tenn., athlete Mack Weaver.

3. There’s more trouble for Auburn defensive tackle commit Dee Liner.

4. Two SEC schools are in the running for Orlando, Fla., safety Marcell Harris.

5. There are eight new five-star prospects on the Rivals100 list.

6. A challenger to the SEC? How about Texas.

7. Fefensive lineman Joe Fennell’s top three: Florida, South Carolina and Nebraska.

8. You can find several top prospects on national television this fall.

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