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West Brunswick's Hill ruled ineligible at Alabama

Alabama freshman linebacker Alfy Hill - a West Brunswick (N.C.) High School graduate - has been ruled an academic nonqualifier and replaced on the Crimson Tide's roster.

Alabama compliance director Mike Ward said Thursday that the NCAA's eligibility clearinghouse didn't accept certain classes taken by Hill as core courses for certification. Hill had been on the Crimson Tide's 105-man roster for preseason camp but got the ruling before the start of fall semester.

"I think there's a little bit of a new emphasis on any kind of correspondence courses guys take," coach Nick Saban said. "There's just a new standard. For whatever reasons, and I don't know all the details, a few of his courses were not accepted after they were reviewed. That put him as a nonqualifier."

Tight end Harrison Jones took his roster spot and practiced Wednesday - the first day of classes - and Thursday. Jones had planned to enroll in January.

Hill's plans for the school year weren't immediately known. He could head to a junior college, a prep school or possibly take a course to become eligible.

"I feel horrible for Alfy," Saban said. "He's a good guy, he worked hard, he made really good grades in the summer. He passed nine credits at really, really good grades. So he is capable of getting an education. He will be successful academically in a college.

"I think you just have to be real consistent with what the rules are and what the standards are and you can't allow a guy to take courses that when he takes them he feels like they're OK, and then they're not OK. That's not fair."

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hill was the first player from North Carolina to sign with the Tide since Jeff Dunn in the 1980s. He was rated a four-star recruit.

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