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’Bama faces NCAA probe

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban tells ESPN.com that university compliance officials are trying to determine if defensive end Marcell Dareus violated NCAA rules by attending an agent’s party in Florida.

NCAA investigators have reportedly interviewed North Carolina players and South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders regarding the same party in Miami’s South Beach.

The ESPN report says the NCAA is trying to determine who paid for the trip. An Alabama spokesman tells The Associated Press that the school has no comment.

Dareus emerged as a rising star after winning defensive MVP honors in the BCS championship game win over Texas.

Saban tells ESPN.com it might be time to ban NFL teams from college campuses to get the league to crack down on rule-breaking agents.