An NCAA investigation of improper benefits and possible academic misconduct has jeopardized several players' college careers.
Davis publicly criticized his recruiting coordinator's "inappropriate" relationship with California-based agent Gary Wichard .
"I am very sorry that all of this stuff has tainted the football program and, as the head football coach, I take a tremendous amount of responsibility for all the football-related issues," Davis said. "I'm the head guy, OK? I'm sorry it has affected the football program. But I'm going to tell you what I'm more sorry about: I'm sorry that I trusted John Blake."
Earlier Monday, ESPN and Yahoo! Sports, citing unnamed sources, reported that Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus told NCAA investigators that Blake had recommended Wichard in a phone conversation.
MICHIGAN STATE: Coach Mark Dantonio was released from a hospital after treatment for a blood clot that was discovered less than two weeks after surgery following a mild heart attack. A school spokesman said his role this week is still to be determined.
ALABAMA: Receiver Julio Jones (knee) and linebacker Chris Jordan (hamstring) are both nursing injuries going to Saturday's game at No. 19 South Carolina. Both are considered to be day-to-day.
SEC AWARDS: Louisiana State running back Stevan Ridley , Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw and Mississippi return man Jesse Grandy won player of the week honors.
CONNECTICUT: Running back Robbie Frey underwent knee surgery and is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks.