Alabama Coach Nick Saban has suspended HaHa Clinton-Dix, one of the nation’s top safeties, indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Saban declined to elaborate after making the announcement Wednesday afternoon. “When guys get suspended, I never ever say what it’s for, so I’m not going there, so don’t ask me,” Saban said Wednesday (via ESPN). “It’s the way I’ve always handled this — every guy. They do right, they wouldn’t be getting suspended. And I don’t know for how long this will be, so don’t ask me that either.”
As important as Clinton-Dix is to the Crimson Tide defense, the transgression that prompted his suspension was not badly timed. Alabama (4-0) doesn’t play a ranked team in October, with Georgia State up next.
“He’s a great player, obviously he’ll be missed,” defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan said (via al.com) of Clinton-Dix, a third-year junior who is second on the team with 24 tackles and two pass deflections. “I’m confident in the guys we have behind him and the guys in the secondary to make adjustments. I think we’ll be all right.”
The suspension is the fourth announced by the nation’s top-ranked team since preseason (Trey DePriest, Malcolm Faciane and Geno Smith).