Alabama sits Collin Sexton, waits for NCAA to restore eligibility

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(AL.com) -- Alabama five-star freshman Collin Sexton isn't yet eligible to play for the Crimson Tide and won't play until Alabama receives clearance from the NCAA, the school announced Monday night prior to the team's exhibition game against Alabama-Huntsville.

"The NCAA informed us late this afternoon that Colin Sexton has not had his eligibility reinstated by the NCAA," Tide athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement. "We don't have any further information at this time, but we will continue to cooperate with the NCAA and work toward a resolution that results in Colin's timely reinstatement. While we are disappointed, the right decision was to err on the side of caution for tonight's exhibition game."

This likely stems from the FBI's college basketball investigation. Former Tide staff member Kobie Baker, who was "Staff Member 1" in the FBI complaint, received money in exchange for agreeing to push Alabama players toward signing with a certain financial advisor upon turning pro, according to the FBI complaint.

The document details a meeting Baker arranged with a player's father, that financial advisor and a man, Rashan Michel, who was arrested as part of the FBI investigation.

While the player's father wasn't named, he was identified as the father of a highly-ranked freshman at Staff Member 1's school and the meeting took place in Atlanta.

Sexton is from Atlanta.

When asked last week whether he expected all of Alabama's players to be eligible for this season, coach Avery Johnson responded simply, "We're moving forward with the roster we have, and that's all I will say about that."