The obligatory Nick Saban comment.
"Well, I didn't even know it was about ready to end," Saban said last week. "We don't ever want to be on probation. We always want to do everything by the rules. That's been our goal and what we've tried to do since we've been here, and that's what we'll continue to do.
"Since I didn't know it was about to end, I don't really know what it means. I'll have to think about it first, I guess."
Being on probation hardly hurt AD Mal Moore's programs as AL.com points out:
If Alabama was handicapped by the probation, it was hard to tell. The Crimson Tide actually experienced unprecedented athletic success during the past three years, winning six national championships: two in football (2009 and 2011), two in gymnastics (2011 and 2012) and one each this year in women's golf and softball. Alabama never previously had won more than one national championship in a single academic year.
Despite coming off probation, the Tide still fall into the 5 year repeat offender category which burned them in the textbook case.
Alabama NCAA Probation Ends