Video allegedly shows Alabama players meeting with performance-enhancing drug reps before BCS title game with LSU

School says company has ignored cease-and-desist letters

Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans. Alabama won 21-0. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans. Alabama won 21-0. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- More than three years after Alabama mailed its first cease-and-desist letter to the Fultondale-based supplement company S.W.A.T.S., the university was prompted to send another because of "several YouTube videos" that implied Crimson Tide student-athletes were endorsing its products.

"We further request that you refrain from any future contact with any of our current student-athletes," Alabama compliance director Matt Self wrote in an Oct. 31, 2012, letter to Christopher Key, a co-founder of S.W.A.T.S.

"Any future contact should be directed to the coaching staff, the athletics training staff, or the compliance office. Additionally, we ask that you not give or sell any product to our student-athletes. If they wish to use your product, they should obtain them through the athletic training staff and under the supervision of the athletic training staff."

The letters were released this evening to a handful of media outlets in response to a Sports Illustrated article that examined the controversial company. Leading the story were details about a meeting between Key and at least three Alabama players two nights before the 2012 BCS National Championship in New Orleans. It was filmed with a pen camera and shown to Sports Illustrated's George Dohrmann and David Epstein.

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CoverOrange writes:

Snake oil salesmen.

nocleats writes:

Watch the spin and flip technique here. Its not the players fault..... its the manufacturers! We told those mean old manufacturers to stay away from our boys, what else could we have done?? ummm Punish the players?

Sir_Spanky writes:

Nothing like copping a good buzz before you play. Right boys?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Can we now strip bammer of these titles?? What's the difference (if proven to be true) than what lance Armstrong did?

V02Vol writes:

No doubt they have recruited some great players, but a 245 lbs running back that runs a 4.4 kind of makes you think.

kyvol98 writes:

It is at least obvious that our defense last year was not involved!

BigBadVol writes:

in response to nocleats:

Watch the spin and flip technique here. Its not the players fault..... its the manufacturers! We told those mean old manufacturers to stay away from our boys, what else could we have done?? ummm Punish the players?

You're exactly right! But if this happened to TN, the headline would read "Institutional control is lost at TN as players buy PED's."

volforeverandever writes:

That's a shame.They have talent galore and they do not need to put that stuff in their body to play at a high level.Sad to say this but it is not only bama players because most every team has this going on.It's even in the high schools.

Ayres_Hall writes:

It's only a matter of time before something, maybe not this, is found. Bama cheats. Always has always will.

jakethevolguy writes:

There should be a federal law against companies seeking student athletes to use and endorse their products (which are banned by the NCAA) simply for making bucks. This could and probably happens all over the country. A few multimillion dollar fines and jail time would make companies think twice before crossing the line again.

rtrchatt writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Can we now strip bammer of these titles?? What's the difference (if proven to be true) than what lance Armstrong did?

Ignorance is bliss and you are the King of the land.... 4 star DB Eddie Jackson from Fla has committed to the national champions. A true shutdown corner and VB the ship has sailed. Good luck chasing Amari Cooper and Robert Foster the next 3 yrs, you will need it. Hope you at least get to abowl game or two wearing the puke orange. Roll Tide, got 23 UT???? 13 is sooooooooooooo second place.

BlueHarley writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Ignorance is bliss and you are the King of the land.... 4 star DB Eddie Jackson from Fla has committed to the national champions. A true shutdown corner and VB the ship has sailed. Good luck chasing Amari Cooper and Robert Foster the next 3 yrs, you will need it. Hope you at least get to abowl game or two wearing the puke orange. Roll Tide, got 23 UT???? 13 is sooooooooooooo second place.

Nothing like changing the subject when it hits a little too close to home..............

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Ignorance is bliss and you are the King of the land.... 4 star DB Eddie Jackson from Fla has committed to the national champions. A true shutdown corner and VB the ship has sailed. Good luck chasing Amari Cooper and Robert Foster the next 3 yrs, you will need it. Hope you at least get to abowl game or two wearing the puke orange. Roll Tide, got 23 UT???? 13 is sooooooooooooo second place.

Looks like rat and smells like a rat..

AllforTenn writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Ignorance is bliss and you are the King of the land.... 4 star DB Eddie Jackson from Fla has committed to the national champions. A true shutdown corner and VB the ship has sailed. Good luck chasing Amari Cooper and Robert Foster the next 3 yrs, you will need it. Hope you at least get to abowl game or two wearing the puke orange. Roll Tide, got 23 UT???? 13 is sooooooooooooo second place.

You have a real problem. What an a..hole!

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Ignorance is bliss and you are the King of the land.... 4 star DB Eddie Jackson from Fla has committed to the national champions. A true shutdown corner and VB the ship has sailed. Good luck chasing Amari Cooper and Robert Foster the next 3 yrs, you will need it. Hope you at least get to abowl game or two wearing the puke orange. Roll Tide, got 23 UT???? 13 is sooooooooooooo second place.

Once again Alabama caught cheating
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/...

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Ignorance is bliss and you are the King of the land.... 4 star DB Eddie Jackson from Fla has committed to the national champions. A true shutdown corner and VB the ship has sailed. Good luck chasing Amari Cooper and Robert Foster the next 3 yrs, you will need it. Hope you at least get to abowl game or two wearing the puke orange. Roll Tide, got 23 UT???? 13 is sooooooooooooo second place.

Ignorance isn’t just bliss… it appears to be a way of life for you. Rather than putting a spin on the subject at hand, try addressing it directly. We’re not talking recruiting here… we’re talking drug use. Try to keep up.

NashvillePreds writes:

alabama players illegally using bodily fluids from wildlife to gain an edge?

Wipe the surprise off my face.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Ignorance is bliss and you are the King of the land.... 4 star DB Eddie Jackson from Fla has committed to the national champions. A true shutdown corner and VB the ship has sailed. Good luck chasing Amari Cooper and Robert Foster the next 3 yrs, you will need it. Hope you at least get to abowl game or two wearing the puke orange. Roll Tide, got 23 UT???? 13 is sooooooooooooo second place.

eddie jackson is a 3 star wr
http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecru...

davemanthevolfan writes:

in response to volforeverandever:

That's a shame.They have talent galore and they do not need to put that stuff in their body to play at a high level.Sad to say this but it is not only bama players because most every team has this going on.It's even in the high schools.

Listen to you making excuces for these cheating player. Shame on them and shame on you for giving them a cop out. NOT EVERYONE DOES IT. Just like not all people smoke, drink, or cheat on their spouses.

PUL4VOLS writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Ignorance is bliss and you are the King of the land.... 4 star DB Eddie Jackson from Fla has committed to the national champions. A true shutdown corner and VB the ship has sailed. Good luck chasing Amari Cooper and Robert Foster the next 3 yrs, you will need it. Hope you at least get to abowl game or two wearing the puke orange. Roll Tide, got 23 UT???? 13 is sooooooooooooo second place.

OK man, thank you for listing the next group of banned substance users/promoters at the University of Alabama! Enjoy that little tap on your shoulder continually of the NCAA investigator. Guess Nickalangelo might be rethinking his possible jump back to the NFL! We will see! But you go on and gloat. We are still ALLVOL around this neck of the site....

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Ignorance is bliss and you are the King of the land.... 4 star DB Eddie Jackson from Fla has committed to the national champions. A true shutdown corner and VB the ship has sailed. Good luck chasing Amari Cooper and Robert Foster the next 3 yrs, you will need it. Hope you at least get to abowl game or two wearing the puke orange. Roll Tide, got 23 UT???? 13 is sooooooooooooo second place.

Loooks as if rOLLtURDrOLLchattisaMORON is ducking the issue! Typical for lowdown Bammer scum that has no life and TROLLS on a Tennessee website.

If anyone in Chattanooga knows this inbred jackARSE, please take his sorry arse SW and drop him in the state with the rest of his uneducated MORON bretheren!

HooRay_Vol writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Can we now strip bammer of these titles?? What's the difference (if proven to be true) than what lance Armstrong did?

Or like stripping Penn State from their "titles" which was the Administration/coaches fault, not the players.

The Bama players, if guilty, need to have the titles stripped!

smokeygrowl writes:

They will get by with it just like they always do. Same as Ky basketball get all the best players and still cheat to get more advantages.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say bad boosters and profiteers as such are the ones that make the house crumble. Witch Doctor say Calipari/Saban cant control what these idiots and clinger-ons do but its always these that kill your program
Bones never lie.

lemme_axya_this writes:

It was probably Doe-in-Heat that the bammers sprayed themselves with.

Theo writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Ignorance is bliss and you are the King of the land.... 4 star DB Eddie Jackson from Fla has committed to the national champions. A true shutdown corner and VB the ship has sailed. Good luck chasing Amari Cooper and Robert Foster the next 3 yrs, you will need it. Hope you at least get to abowl game or two wearing the puke orange. Roll Tide, got 23 UT???? 13 is sooooooooooooo second place.

Meant to ask how the prosecutions are going? Is tree killer out on bail yet? How about the Krystals assaulter? Stay classy gumps.

Colliervol writes:

According to a radio report this evening, the owner of that company said that 20 Bama players had purchased product. Classic. "Better Living Through Chemistry!" New team slogan for the trailer parkers.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Colliervol:

According to a radio report this evening, the owner of that company said that 20 Bama players had purchased product. Classic. "Better Living Through Chemistry!" New team slogan for the trailer parkers.

This is getting interesting, now we can hear how strength/conditioning coach's didn't notice athletes gaining 300 lb increases in their bench press.

Colliervol writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

This is getting interesting, now we can hear how strength/conditioning coach's didn't notice athletes gaining 300 lb increases in their bench press.

Oh man, deer antler spray. I can hear Saban addressing his players at spring practice: "On Dancer, Prancer, Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the trailer, to the top of the mall, now get to the barbershop---a mullet haircut for all.

ChattaVol1 writes:

If ANYBODY thinks Bama hasn't been cheating, they need to be examined!!! ALWAYS have, ALWAYS will!!!!

nocleats writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Ignorance is bliss and you are the King of the land.... 4 star DB Eddie Jackson from Fla has committed to the national champions. A true shutdown corner and VB the ship has sailed. Good luck chasing Amari Cooper and Robert Foster the next 3 yrs, you will need it. Hope you at least get to abowl game or two wearing the puke orange. Roll Tide, got 23 UT???? 13 is sooooooooooooo second place.

Excellant use of the flip and deflect move. Another classic variation of the flip and spin technique, well done.

Rumblefish writes:

No worries...when/if Bama gets punished by the NCAA, Nick Saban will just go coach somewhere else and escape punishment.

bigorangesux writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

It's only a matter of time before something, maybe not this, is found. Bama cheats. Always has always will.

Amazing how any team other than UT is cheating if they're successful, but when UT was doing well in the 90's, it was all "skill" and "coaching". Man, if only the other schools could be great without cheating. Gimme a break, losers!

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