With the Maurice Smith news coming out last night, I was curious what the reaction of the Alabama fan base might be in response.
Andy Staples’ Twitter feed from last night is full of ‘Bama folks who nobly profess to be worried about Pandora’s Box being opened on the graduate transfer front (many of whom lay out some version of a “I’m not saying this as an Alabama fan” qualification). That might carry more weight if they’d have taken the same tack when Chris
Brown Black transferred… or when Saban took a graduate transfer from Ole Miss earlier this year.
The whole opening the flood gates thing rings a little false when you consider that the SEC rule doesn’t ban all of them, just
inter-conference intra-conference ones. From that standpoint, even Bert’s “don’t allow ’em, because secret info” justification makes more sense.
Meanwhile, the tone of this thread at the SEC Rant message board seems to be mainly about Tide fans complaining about Saban’s manhood. Weird.
I point this out not in an attempt to gloat — let’s remember that Smith was competing to be the starting nickle back in Saban’s defense this season, hardly the stuff that first-team All-Americans are made of — but simply because I’m rather amazed that people who support a program that’s had a run of success that’s the envy of every other program in college football can find a topic like this to be heated about. I guess you could say I’m a little jealous of their attitude.