The Alabama Crimson Tide have been in the headlines in recent weeks thanks to the controversy surrounding the potential release of reserve defensive back Maurice Smith.
On Wednesday, there was finally a positive resolution that worked in the benefit of the student-athlete.
According to the Tuscaloosa News, Alabama has granted Smith his full release from scholarship. That means, if the SEC approves, Smith can finish his collegiate career at the University of Georgia under former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.
The report reads:
The University of Alabama athletic department has granted a full release to defensive back Maurice Smith, sources have confirmed to The Tuscaloosa News.
Smith, who graduated from Alabama last Saturday, can contact any school including those within the SEC about a potential transfer with the release. The status of any possible transfer within the conference would depend on approval of a waiver by the Southeastern Conference office.
It was clear that the only way to move on from the situation was for Saban and the Crimson Tide to grant his full release. Had they not, it would have created a gigantic distraction all season long.
Instead, Smith gets to finish his college career at his preferred school. It’s always good to have the student-athletes get a win.