Apr 16, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Head coach Nick Saban yells at defensive players during the A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

While playing golf Wednesday afternoon in Birmingham, Alabama head coach Nick Saban had to answer some questions about new wide receiver Tyler Harrell, who transferred from Louisville.

Louisville head coach football coach Scott Satterfield accused Saban and the Alabama staff of tampering.

“I think it’s not only him, it’s happened before here,” he said. “Last year we had a few guys that jumped into the portal and the next day they’re announcing where they’re going. You can look at that and know that something went on before they were in the portal.”

When asked, Saban said he didn’t tamper with anybody.

“We don’t tamper with anybody. I don’t know of anything or anybody that tampered with him,” Saban said to AL.com.

Saban did admit, however, that it’s hard to keep third parties from tampering with players, though he hopes most coaches are on the up and up.

“I think it’s really hard to control third parties — whether it’s direct or indirect,” he said. “When you have a guy leave your program and go someplace else the day after the game, it makes you wonder. Hopefully, we have enough honesty and integrity out there amongst us professionally in our sport that people are going to abide by the rules.”

Harrell caught 18 passes for 532 yards and 6 touchdowns last year for the Cardinals.


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