The Maurice Smith saga has reportedly come to a close.
Alabama DB Maurice Smith was granted a full release, according to a report from the Tuscaloosa News.
Smith was previously blocked from transferring to Georgia as a graduate transfer. With this decision, he will now be eligible to transfer to any school, including SEC schools.
“We have done everything that we can do institutionally to allow the conference to make the decision about whatever they decide is in the best interest of the conference and the SEC rules relative to Maurice Smith,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said to reporters earlier tonight. “So that is past us now. It is beyond us. We don’t really need to talk about that anymore and I don’t have any other comments to make about it.
“We’re trying to focus on the guys we have here and what we need to do to help those guys have a chance to be successful.”
Saban and Alabama administration had previously received criticism from across the SEC for blocking Smith’s transfer. Smith’s old defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is now the head coach at Georgia.
Smith accumulated 38 tackles and five passes defended in three years on Alabama’s active roster. He will be immediately eligible at his next destination after graduating from the university.
The SEC must approve any transfers within the conference.