The NCAA's role in this investigation has been only as an advisor to determine Alabama's proper course of action. The fact that a UA compliance official has spoken to a NCAA representative about this very topic -- as The Tuscaloosa News reported Sunday -- should actually bolster fans' confidence that no violation is there, since UA self-imposed no penalties after exploring all avenues to make sure that conclusion would be well-received. This type of investigation is more common at major programs than most would realize. Compliance officials look into everything. It's just that most in-house investigations and subsequent consultations with the SEC/NCAA don't become public like this one has.
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