Report: Alabama grants Maurice Smith full release https://t.co/r0G9vuLvde
— SEC Football (@SECfootball) August 10, 2016
This has been a he said, she said saga, as Smith wanted to transfer within the conference and attend Georgia. However, Alabama cried foul and tried to block Smith’s potential transfer to Georgia.
Of course, Georgia is coached by Kirby Smart—who was most recently Alabama’s defensive coordinator—which has added more intrigue to this story.
More from Gary Cosby of The Tuscaloosa News:
Head coach Nick Saban indicated at his Wednesday press conference that the Smith transfer, a topic of much discussion in recent weeks, was now out of his hands, although he gave no specifics.
“We have done everything that we can do institutionally to allow the conference to make the decision about whatever they decide is in the best interest of the conference and the SEC rules relative to Maurice Smith,” Saban said. “So that is past us now. It is beyond us. We don’t really need to talk about that anymore and I don’t have any other comments to make about it. We’re trying to focus on the guys we have here and what we need to do to help those guys have a chance to be successful.”
Smith, a 6’0”, 199-pound defensive back from Sugar Land, Texas was told by Saban, if he chose to remain with the team, he would have played a key role with the club. Nonetheless, Smith wanted out.
Although he can inquire about transferring to Georgia, it is not a sure thing that Smith will end up there. Cosby writes that the status of any possible transfer within the conference would depend on approval of a waiver by the Southeastern Conference office.
Smith is coming off a fine junior season in which he recorded 15 tackles, one sack and one pass deflection. He will be immediately eligible to play at any school, as he has already graduated.