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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is suspended because of a loan he apparently received from an assistant strength coach over the summer.

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Alabama assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris was placed on administrative leave because he provided impermissible benefits to safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, according to a report from Tommy Deas and Aaron Suttles of TideSports.com. Clinton-Dix was suspended indefinitely Wednesday for what at the time was an unspecified violation of team rules.

Harris reportedly loaned Clinton-Dix an amount less than $500 during the summer, in violation of NCAA rules. Clinton-Dix told the Alabama compliance department that he repaid Harris and provided bank statements which list a withdrawal consistent with the total he said he repaid.

The compliance department found that Harris had "a connection to a representative of a sports agent" during its investigation, per the report. There is no evidence of interaction between an agent or agent representative and Clinton-Dix.

Nick Saban has in the past been outspoken about the conduct of sports agents, equating them to pimps.

Alabama also has been investigating allegations levied in a Yahoo! Sports report that former offensive lineman D.J. Fluker received impermissible benefits while a member of the Crimson Tide. Fluker played for Alabama's 2012 national title team.

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