View Full Version : Alabama suspends Andre Smith for Sugar Bowl

12-29-2008, 11:44 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Alabama All-America left tackle Andre Smith has been suspended from the Sugar Bowl for violating team rules, possibly signaling an end to the Outland Trophy winner’s college career.

“The University of Alabama, the team and the football program are more important than any individual player,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a statement Monday. “Everyone on our team depends on each other to be responsible, to make good choices and decisions relative to their actions.”

Saban did not specify Smith’s violation leading up to Friday night’s game against No. 7 Utah.

The junior is expected to be one of the top players selected in the NFL draft if he opts to skip his final season at Alabama. Smith has been noncommittal about his future plans, but Saban offered a hint in his statement that the player wouldn’t be back.

12-30-2008, 06:56 AM
seems like kind of a big deal

12-30-2008, 08:59 AM
seems like kind of a big deal over nothing.

Remember this SEC 2012 recruits thinking about Alabama.

Little Nicky don't like no gaul dern agents talking to his boys.

12-30-2008, 09:01 AM
It'a huge loss to any team to lose a top 5 NFL pick. The kid has a ton of talent. I've been hyping him since his Freshman year. Alabama's offense will struggle a little bit as a lot of runs were to his side. However, I don't thnk Utah is any closer to having a chance.