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Alabama Associate AD Resigns Following Internal Review After Yesterday's FBI News

Alabama is the latest school to be affected by yesterday's massive FBI news, which broke open a giant college basketball corruption scandal.

Assistants from Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State, and USC have been charged with fraud, as have former player agents, adidas executives and financial planners. Louisville and Miami have also been identified as schools involved in the scandal, and Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino is already on his way out.

After the news, the University of Alabama announced that it has conducted an internal review of its programs, after which Assistant Athletic Director Kobie Baker offered his resignation.

Alabama announced the news with a press release:

Considering Alabama says that no NCAA or SEC rules were broken, it is very unclear what Baker has done. Here is what he did while working with Alabama basketball, via his school biography:

In his new role, Baker oversees all areas of men’s basketball administration, including, but not limited to, salaries and benefits, operating expenses, team travel, donor relations, fundraising and scheduling non-conference opponents. He also serves as the liaison for men’s basketball to the Southeastern Conference office, compliance services and student-athlete support services.

There is also potential irony in the fact that Baker previously worked at the NCAA in a role dealing with enforcement and compliance.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Alabama, Baker gained valuable experience as the Assistant Director of Enforcement for Basketball Development at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). While there, Baker developed significant expertise in the scholastic and non-scholastic basketball recruiting environment and applicable NCAA legislation, which provided him the tools to effectively monitor and mitigate potential violations through outreach and education.

Baker also served as an Associate Director of Amateurism Certification at the NCAA. This administrative role was another formative experience, where his range of responsibilities included processing information for cases involving potential violations of NCAA amateurism legislation in men’s basketball, certifying prospective student-athlete eligibility and engaging in outreach efforts on behalf of the Eligibility Center that sought to provide relevant eligibility- related rules education to prospective men’s basketball student-athletes.

The Tuscaloosa native previously served as an assistant coach at Alabama, as well as North Texas, Nicholls State, and Troy.

We will continue to update as this ever-growing snowball continues to cascade down the hill.