Kirby Smart defends transfer restrictions

Georgia coach Kirby Smart has defended the Bulldogs’ stricter transfer policies under his watch and addressed running back A.J. Turman, saying that the former four-star recruit was “free to go to where he wants to go,” according to tweets from Jason Butt of The Telegraph.

Kirby Smart addressing the A.J. Turman deal now. Said he originally did not want Turman to transfer.

— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) March 19, 2016

Kirby said he kept Turman from going to Miami because he wanted to set the precedent of keeping players from going to play there right away

— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) March 19, 2016

Kirby said Turman told him he didn't want to go to Miami.

— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) March 19, 2016

Smart can’t be blamed for not wanting to lose a mass exodus of players to the Hurricanes, who hired longtime Georgia coach Mark Richt over the winter, However, this directly contradicts an earlier story from  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that stated Turman was denied a release from Georgia so that he could transfer to Miami and that he lost his appeal to the NCAA.

And now, the AJC is reporting via Smart that Turman never had interest in Miami to begin with, but to transfer to a small school near his hometown of Orlando.

“Please understand that A.J. Turman is going to be able to go where he wants to go,” Smart said.

That said, it’s still interesting how Georgia is blocking Turman the chance to transfer to either Miami or Florida. Moreover, Turman himself has not commented on the situation, adding to the uncertainty as to what is really going on.

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