The Alabama Crimson Tide opened fall practice Friday morning, and after the first session head coach Nick Saban announced wide receiver Robert Foster has been deemed eligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Two other players, tight end Malcolm Faciane and defensive lineman Darius Paige, are not available as camp begins.
Foster, a former five-star prospect, wasn't initially cleared because one of his high school classes was not accepted by the NCAA. The true freshman retook the class over the summer and is "here and ready to go," according to Saban. Checking in at 6'2, 185 pounds and running a reported 4.49-second 40-yard dash, 247Sports ranked Foster as the top receiver in the Class of 2013.
Saban said Faciane is suspended for a violation of team rules, apparently due to behavioral issues. As the folks at Roll 'Bama Roll point out, Faciane working his way back onto Saban's good side won't be easy.
Saban's dog house is a not a fun and happy place.— Roll Bama Roll (@rollbamaroll) August 2, 2013
Paige was another player who had issues with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Like Foster, he was forced to retake a high school course, and after completing it he was cleared in early July. Now, Paige has been medically disqualified.
"Darius Paige has medical issues that has caused our medical staff to think that it is not safe for him to play, so he has been medically disqualified," Saban said at his post-practice press conference.
"He is here, and we are helping to support him. He will be on scholarship. he will get an education, but our medical staff is working with him right now to try to help improve his condition. I can't comment any further on that."
The move makes room for freshman offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman, who was originally set to grayshirt but was added to the roster earlier this week. While Saban says Alabama is supporting Paige, a couple of the defensive lineman's recent tweets indicate he isn't too happy about the situation.
Being leftout is the worst feeling ever!! :(— Darius Paige (@Darius_Paige) August 2, 2013
Nobody deserves to be treated like an option— Darius Paige (@Darius_Paige) August 2, 2013