Smith Gets Release from Bama

ATHENS - Maurice Smith, a former defensive back for Alabama, has been granted a full release from the Crimson Tide.

That’s according to a report in the Tuscaloosa News. That move makes way for Smith to enroll in UGA’s graduate school. But the SEC must decide if Smith will be eligible to play this fall. Smith didn’t immediately return phone calls Wednesday night, but it is expected the he will immediately enroll in Athens as soon as he can - perhaps as early as this week. 

According to reporting from the Athens Banner-Herald, “SEC rules state any transfer within the conference isn’t eligible to play until the student fulfills a residence requirement of one full academic year or two full semesters, but may seek a waiver of the bylaw.”

It has been widely reported that Smith would have been a starting nickel back for the Tide. His father told the ABH that UGA is “using the same system he’s been in for three years. It just makes sense for him to be there. That’s the reason he chose Georgia.”

Kirby Smart didn’t comment on the matter on Saturday saying that “he’s a prospective student athlete we are recruiting.”


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