One of the talking points in the Maurice Smith transfer situation is that Alabama let another player, Chris Black, transfer to Missouri last season, which is inconsistent with Saban’s stance now regarding Smith. Evidently the school is prepared to let everyone know that Black’s transfer doesn’t count. Wanna know why?
Because nobody was paying attention. No, really.
Schools have seven business days to either approve or deny a player’s request for a release, according to an NCAA Bylaw.
What happens if a school doesn’t respond within seven business days? The school has to give the player a full release.
That’s what happened with Black, sources told AL.com.
The wide receiver put in for his release leading up to Alabama’s game against LSU in early November.
It was a huge game, No. 4 Alabama against No. 2 LSU. With people inside the Tide building being as busy as they were leading up to that game, Black’s request for a release either got forgotten about or went unnoticed until it was too late, according to sources.
Like with Smith, coach Nick Saban didn’t want Black transferring to another SEC school. But that’s why Black was able to.
We’re supposed to believe that the man who embodies being a control freak with the largest support staff in college football didn’t keep track of a player’s transfer request because he was too preoccupied? Sorry, but that dog won’t hunt.
I hope somebody calls Saban on this whenever the topic of Smith’s transfer is raised in his next presser. Maybe the Coke bottle can shed some light on it. Seriously, if this is the best he’s got, he might as well go ahead and throw the towel in already.