Four arrested Alabama players dismissed from team
Coach Nick Saban makes the departures official.
Alabama coach Nick Saban has dismissed four football players who were accused in a pair of on-campus robberies earlier this month.
The dismissals come as no surprise for a couple of reasons.
First, the robbery charges against Eddie Williams, D.J. Pettway, Tyler Hayes and Brent Calloway were already serious enough to warrant indefinite suspensions.
Second, the Crimson Tide are once again under an offseason roster crunch created by their latest oversigning past the 85-scholarship limit. Many believed the "indefinite suspensions" were only temporary until the players were officially dismissed.
Sure enough: Saban, on Wednesday, confirmed that Williams, Pettway, Hayes and Calloway are "no longer associated with the team," effective immediately. They are no longer enrolled at the university.
"Based on all the information we've received and gone through in trying to determine the future of the four guys that got in trouble, those guys are no longer associated with the football program," Saban said. "Their actions do not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect. It's obviously very disappointing and unacceptable what happened.
"Some people learn by words, some people learn by consequences, some people can't learn."
Williams, Hayes and Pettway were charged with attacking and robbing two Alabama students on Feb. 11. Calloway was charged with the fraudulent use of a credit card allegedly stolen in the robberies.
The dismissal of those four wasn't the only personnel news Saban revealed Wednesday.
Two seldom-used wide receivers, Danny Woodson Jr. and Marvin Shinn, are both also currently on the outside looking in. Woodson will not participate during spring drills because of a team rules violation. Shinn, has elected not to go through the team's offseason workouts, according to Saban. The pair combined for seven receptions during the 2012 season.
Even if neither Woodson nor Shinn return to the team -- and given the scholarship crunch, their return seems unlikely -- the on-field impact of losing these six players is virtually nonexistent.
None was a major contributor in any fashion, with Hayes' 14 tackles or Shinn's six receptions the biggest statistical impact from the group in 2012. And though on many rosters the loss of six players of any contribution level might hurt the team's overall depth, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 89 players still on scholarship for spring practice, suffice it to say that that's not an issue at Alabama.
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