SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- According to Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin and Craig Robinson, former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker was among five SEC players who received impermissible benefits while still in college.
The exhaustive report details conversations between Fluker and former Crimson Tide defensive end Luther Davis, and alleges Fluker received cash while still enrolled at Alabama. One of the exchanges alleged, for $5,000, occurred less than two weeks before the BCS Championship.
Before the NFL Draft, Fluker tweeted he took money while still in college -- "I did wat i had to do" -- before deleting the tweet and offering the stock Twitter mea cupla of being hacked.
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If -- and it's a big if -- the NCAA successfully completes an investigation and finds Fluker was indeed ineligible for taking impermissible benefits, and if that finding leads to the NCAA annulling Alabama's 2012 season, Notre Dame would not be crowned national champions. USC's 2004 championship was taken away after the Reggie Bush scandal, but was not awarded to runner-up Oklahoma.
But the NCAA, which have proven to be generally toothless in recent years, may not be able to turn anything up against Alabama (or Tennessee and Mississippi State, the other two programs with players implicated in the Yahoo report).
Yahoo's Dan Wetzel has a strong take on the Getlin/Robinson report and the implications of it.