Hey, maybe that graduate transfer rule isn’t such a bad thing.

Would I be interested in seeing Georgia sign “the favorite to win Alabama’s starting nickel back spot entering fall camp”?  Why, yes, I believe I would.

Smith was playing the nickel as recently as this year’s Alabama spring game, so to say this was sudden isn’t stretching things.  Whatever the motivation, to bring in a quality player who’s fully trained in Smart’s defensive system would be a huge get for the Dawgs.

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42 responses to “Hey, maybe that graduate transfer rule isn’t such a bad thing.

  1. Dawgfan336

    oh sweet baby Jesus

  2. TNlogdawg

    I believe he may have been beaten out by a 5 star freshman, but will gladly take the young man!

  3. watcher16

    And Bama granted permission for any university? Sounds fishy…

  4. Normaltown Mike

    pfft, Saban runs that D, he’s just making Smart take him cuz he don’t even need him.

  5. Go Dawgs!

    I want to kiss Kirby Smart on the mouth.

  6. Macallanlover

    Spy, IYAM. Take anyone that can help but defensive backs are where our cup runneth over already. Any DL seniors looking for immediate playing time.

  7. hassan

    Miami thinks they are getting him too.

  8. Argondawg

    Everything I have seen has him headed to Miami but who knows? I am fine with players that can come in and help NOW. Kirby and Co. seem very aggressive on transfers.

  9. AusDawg85

    If it comes down to the last Hail Mary pass by Bama in the SECCG and this kid tips the ball up instead of knocking it down….

  10. DawgPhan

    So this kid is about to ruin it for everyone. Rest assured something will get changed when Bama loses a potential starter.

    • The Dawg abides

      They’ve already given him a full release, so they don’t have a problem with him leaving.

      • DawgPhan

        Not really sure that Bama could have blocked him. I guess that could count as giving someone a full release and not having a problem with it.

        • Mayor

          This^^. Making like the Elephants are doing something nice when they have no power to stop it.

  11. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    The Bama can play right away (wherever he goes), but the Tulsa has to sit for a year. Is that right or is there something different about this case?

    • hassan

      As I understand it, a graduate transfer can play right away, but an underclassman transfer must sit out a year.

  12. writing on the wall

    Q: When installing a new (sorta) defense, wouldn’t it be helpful if we could actually play one of our Graduate Assistants that’s worked the system in 41 games over 3 years, who could basically coach the secondary, on the field, real-time?

    A: Fuck’n-A

  13. Pretty interesting to see Kirby’s policy on accepting transfers he used to coach given his policy on releasing transfers to the old coach.

    • PTC DAWG

      Apples to oranges comparison…IMHO

      • DawgPhan

        These are our apples and your oranges. Fuck your oranges. I think is the current policy.

        • Pretty much.

          I’m also not trying to turn this into a Richt vs. Kirby convo, but just find it interesting how the hard-line stance softens when one stands to gain.

      • Do tell because it sounds like the exact same situation to me. Two players got passed by on the depth chart and are looking for playing time elsewhere with a familiar face.

        • Gurkha Dawg

          It is the exact same situation. Kirby sometimes talks out of both sides of his mouth. I hope he grows into the HC position quickly, he has a ways to go.

          • It’s not the same. One was an underclassman (leaving Georgia), and other is a graduate transfer, possibly coming to Georgia. By NCAA rules, the graduate transfer has more flexibility in what he can do.

        • PTC DAWG

          One is a graduated free agent, the other was not. Don’t try and tell me it is the same situation. The Graduated student is covered by different rules. Carry on with the rant.

          • Hey man – it’s ok to admit that Kirby’s being inconsistent, I promise I won’t hold it against you. I also don’t really care that he’s accepting a transfer of a kid that played for him, just pointing out the inconsistency in his stance (understandable given he’s benefiting from this one). It’s the same issue with Paul Johnson and his comments about not holding a spot if a kid is still taking official visits, but he still recruits kids that are committed to other schools. Take the stance that benefits you as the coach, I get it.

            • Mayor

              AD. Please don’t compare Kirby Smart to Paul Johnson. That is like comparing a diamond to a piece of sh!t. And “no” the two things are not the same. Period.

            • Gurkha Dawg

              You are right Audit. There is no NCAA rule which states that a player cannot transfer to a school that their former coach now coaches at. That is what KS is doing because it benefits him. Yet he has no problem being on the receiving end of such a transfer. ( Yes I know that one is a graduate transfer and the other is not.) Would he accept a Bama player who wants to follow him to UGA but is still and undergrad? Of course he would, if Saban released him.

    • HVL Dawg

      How ironic?

    • The Bruce

      I believe transfers who have already graduated can go wherever they want. So Kirby would have no say in the matter, just like Bama has no say in this matter. So, it’s not really the same thing.

      • “I wanted to set the precedent for the future that kids would not be able to go to Miami right away,” Smart told reporters. “It’s very important that we understand that, and that’s pretty much standard operating procedure when a coach leaves one place, that a kid can’t go there with the coach. That’s important to me that people understand that.”

        Again – how is this situation any different? Both kids want to leave for more playing time and are chasing after a familiar face. Whether they have graduated or not is irrelevant to the stance that Kirby took about player transfers.

        • 92 grad

          No. The kid fulfilled his commitment, did his time and played his ass off, and graduated from school. Diploma in hand empowers any athlete to transfer remaining eligibility anywhere they choose to go and the only person that can stop it is the new coach. The diploma empowers the kid and is evidence that he completed his contract. Completely different than a kid that hasn’t graduated yet.

        • Bazooka Joe

          Knock knock….. Hellooooooo Is anyone there ? We have already stated numerous times these two situations ARE NOT the same. A graduate transfer has unlimited mobility and the former school has no power to control where he goes. An undergrad transfer is at the mercy of the former schools coach..

      • PTC DAWG

        Glad to see some are paying attention.

      • Gaskilldawg

        Of course Kirby has a say in the matter. He can say, “No, you may not come to UGA because there is a prevailing policy against players transferring to follow their former coach.” Don’t try to tell mecthat NCAA rules require us to take him.

  14. PTC DAWG

    Oh yeah, still glad CMR is gone. 🙂 Have a good 4th weekend everyone…