Redshirt Frosh WR Brandon Gibson has been suspended 2 games due to a Secondary rules violation. UA apparently suggested 2 games, and the NCAA agreed. Of course, this suspension is a result of a Secondary violation from before the 2007 season, which was reported accordingly by Alabama. From Gentry Estes of AL.com :
Redshirt freshman receiver Brandon Gibson of Mobile won’t be available to play in Alabama’s first two games as a result of an inadvertent secondary NCAA rules violation.
The university’s compliance department discovered that Gibson, who signed with the Crimson Tide out of UMS-Wright in 2007, unknowingly committed a violation while still in high school by accepting transportation to an Alabama sporting event from a friend whose father was a UA booster and could be viewed as “a representative of the institution’s athletic interest.”
UA officials self-reported Gibson’s trip last year to the NCAA. “Our recommendation for a two-game suspension was approved by the NCAA,” UA associate athletics director for compliance Mike Ward said in a statement to the Press-Register. “The student-athlete and his friend have been friends since the ninth grade and, despite having a pre-existing relationship, unintentionally committed this infraction.”
Technically, the incident violated NCAA rules because Gibson’s pre-existing relationship with the friend did not exist before his ninth-grade year.
University officials did not impose Gibson’s penalty last season, since it would have burned his redshirt year. Gibson is eligible to play Sept. 13 against Western Kentucky after missing opening dates against Clemson and Tulane.