The saga involving Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Maurice Smith has been occupying headlines in recent weeks.
Smith, who is set to graduate from the University of Alabama prior to the start of the 2016 college football season, has openly expressed his desire to transfer and play for his former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who is now head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs.
Unfortunately, Smith has reportedly been denied his release from head coach Nick Saban.
There have even been reports that Smith had his belongings from his locker thrown into the trash after announcing his intent to move on from Tuscaloosa.
But now, Smith is receiving support from an unlikely SEC rival.
LSU athletic director Joe Avella shared his thoughts on transfers within the SEC when speaking to the media on Wednesday. Rather than taking the side of the universities, Avella said he believes the conference should consider changing transfer rules to allow graduate players to transfer wherever they choose.
It’s refreshing to see these comments.
Too often we see programs not actually looking after the best interest of the student-athletes. To see Avella finally stand up and become a voice for potential change should go a long way with gaining the trust of current and future Tigers that need to believe their school is actually on their side.
Let’s hope more programs follow suit so we can see players suiting up for programs they actually want to play for.