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Alabama gives Maurice Smith his full release

Alabama will finally relent and let defensive back Maurice Smith transfer to where he pleases, as The Tuscaloosa News reported on Wednesday.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban had been declining to release Smith, who informed Saban in late June that he wanted to go to Georgia. While Smith now can contact any school in the SEC regarding a move, the status of a transfer within the league now must be approved by the SEC office.

Earlier on Wednesday, LSU athletics director said the SEC's rule on graduate transfers "probably" should be examined.

The saga of Maurice Smith's desired transfer away from Alabama has progressed to the the conference level.




There is a waiver process for the transferring student-athlete to play immediately, but that can only be started by the program to where the student-athlete is transferring.

Pappanastos, who set an Alabama high school record with 48 field goals at Montgomery's Trinity Presbyterian School, played sparingly in two seasons at Ole Miss, kicking eight extra points and missing his only field goal attempt.

In another recent case, former Alabama receiver Chris Black transferred to Missouri as a graduate transfer last season. The Georgia secondary returns plenty of experience across the board, but Smith could still slot in at nickel corner. A transfer may seek waivers of those bylaws. The SEC does not provide waivers of SEC rules absent circumstances that demonstrate a clear reason for granting an exception to those rules. "Each waiver request is reviewed on a case by case basis".

The requirements for granting of a waiver include that the athlete's athletic scholarship was not renewed. The family met with Saban last week and Smith's mother said Saban walked out after she had a one-on-one discussion with the coach. "It is beyond us". Bob Ley honors John Saunders" ESPN careerA-Rod reflects on legacy, regretsKyrie Irving continues to be impressed by Coach KQuinn on Phelps: "He keeps adding medals'sc Smith will have to be granted a waiver from the SEC, which has r.

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