No Word On Status Of Jones, Ingram

Anyone expecting Alabama Coach Nick Saban to comment on the current situation involving Julio Jones and Mark Ingram and a possible "extra benefits" problem would have been disappointed. That wasn't happening as the Crimson Tide coach met with reporters Tuesday.

Alabama, ranked fifth in the nation in the pre-season Associated Press poll, and Virginia Tech, ranked seventh, will play in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta a week from Saturday on September 5. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. central time) with national television coverage by ABC.

The University confirmed that it has investigated a long-rumored report of Julio Jones and Mark Ingram going on a summer fishing trip. Alabama, which has been in NCAA hot water for a decade, is attempting to determine if Jones, a pre-season All-America wide receiver, and Ingram, widely regarded as the likely starting tailback, received extra benefits. If so, there could be a penalty.

Many have speculated if there is a penalty it would involve missed games. There is little hard news on the matter, but the same sources who provided the first information on the event believe a resolution will come this week.

Saban was asked if he is preparing as if Jones and Ingram will be available for the first game.

The coach didn't answer that question, but did explain why he wasn't answering it. He said, "I really can't comment on that. I think the institution has shown great integrity in the way it has handled the situation. It's in someone else's hands, and until it's decided I can't comment on that."

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