Tide's Dareus ruled ineligible for 2 games

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The NCAA has declared Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus ineligible for two games for accepting improper benefits.

The ruling Thursday also ordered Dareus to repay $1,787 dollars to a charity of his choice before regaining eligibility. The Crimson Tide opens Saturday night against San Jose State and then hosts No. 19 Penn State.

Dareus was ruled ineligible for receiving preferential treatment and agent benefits, including airfare, lodging, meals and transportation during two trips to Miami, Fla.

Alabama compliance director Mike Ward said Dareus didn't intentionally violate rules or knowingly accept benefits from an agent. He says the university is considering an appeal.

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