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Hearings Have Been Set For Banned Football Players

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Nick Saban was out of town last week when he got the news of the four Alabama football players who were arrested on robbery and fraud charges. As he always does, Saban said and did the right things when he released this statement. 

"The young men charged are indefinitely suspended as we continue to gather information and talk to the appropriate people," coach Nick Saban said in a statement released by the Alabama athletic department. "The university and football program have strict guidelines regarding issues of this magnitude. This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program."

Last week, The Crimson White published more details as to what allegedly happened last Monday morning. Many of the Alabama faithful are calling for the complete removal of the four young men based of the allegations, and the school listened as last Thursday campus was notified that the accused were banned until further notice. Cecil Hurt, who has covered Alabama Football since 1982 calls for the Athletic Program to cut ties completely.

"Second chances are wonderful things, but sometimes they have to come somewhere else. First, no one knows if the young men involved - D.J. Pettway, Tyler Hayes, Eddie Williams and Brent Calloway - have already received second chances, or third chances. But if the details contained in the arrest reports released are remotely accurate, it would be best if the second chance, should there be one, came elsewhere for at least three of the four players, and possibly all four." 

When crimes like this occur, sometimes we as fans tend to look the other way. That however, is not the case with these four men. Eddie Williams was arrested last Sunday as well, less that 24 hours before the arrest Monday for carrying a pistol without a license. Brent Calloway was arrested last year for illegal possession of marijuana. 

Athletic Director Mal Moore released a statement calling the charges "a very serious matter" and according to the Tuscaloosa News, hearings have been set for March 19 for Brent Calloway and Eddie Williams. D.J Pettway's attorney has requested a hearing but has not been granted one yet. But a request that was granted was that Calloway, Williams and Pettway be charged with youthful offender status. Tyler Hayes and his legal team have yet to file paperwork.

For more on this developing story stay tuned.