Saban is blocking a transfer, and UGA fans can’t really gripe

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“Here’s how blocking is done, Mr. Smart.” (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Nick Saban is blocking defensive back Maurice Smith from transferring to Georgia. (This according to Maurice Smith’s mom, who vented to Seth Emerson of DawgNation.) Georgia is coached by Kirby Smart, Saban’s former chief lieutenant. This is the same Kirby Smart about whom Saban got teary-eyed when discussing his impending departure as Alabama was winning yet another national title in January.

Long story short: You knew it wouldn’t take long for those misty watered-colored memories to yield to the pragmatics of college football. It’s August, and here we are.

Saban is citing the SEC rule of giving the originating program the right to block a transfer to conference brethren — or certain other hand-picked schools. (Though Alabama did, as Samyra Smith archly noted, allow grad transfer Chris Black to move to Missouri.) It’s the same rule Smart invoked when A.J. Turman was leaving Georgia. Indeed, Georgia also prevented Turman from transferring to Miami — although Turman hadn’t expressed an interest in Miami and landed at Florida Atlantic — because it didn’t want ex-Bulldogs playing for Mark Richt.

In sum, what’s good for the goose is sauce for the gander. Which isn’t to say the SEC rule is a good rule. It’s not. It’s a silly one. Feel free to email Greg Sankey about it.

As we know, Richt had a different take. He let guys go wherever. Tray Matthews wound up at Auburn. J.J. Green is at Georgia Tech. Johnathan Taylor landed at Alabama, though Alabama wishes he hadn’t. (Nick Marshall and Zack Mettenberger went to junior college after being booted from Georgia’s squad, rendering the rule inapplicable.) But Richt, as we also know, is a kinder, gentler sort of coach. He’s not Saban. Indeed, he was often criticized for not being Saban.

For Georgia fans to whine about Saban blocking Smith is disingenuous, seeing as how Smart just levied a similar block on Turman. But it’s also evidence that the Bulldogs have, at least in the matter of transfers, risen to the Saban Level. Or, depending on your slant, sunk to it.

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Dewnsav
Dewnsav

ummm...what ?? yyyyaaaawwwwnnnnnn...what ?? go dogs

TOJacket
TOJacket

@DawgNole @OH:IO Well that should take the sting off that 15th ranking..........coupled with winning jack squat since the "Bee Gees"

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket @DawgNole @OH:IO

Beating GT with predictable regularity and winning the SEC don't count?

Both of those have happened since the "Bee Gees."

Why do you always make yourself appear so ignorant on these blogs?

TOJacket
TOJacket

@DawgNole @TOJacket @OH:IO Staying alive! Staying alive!!....lol...congrats on your success against Jackets and both of your SEC ships you've won in what?...3 plus decades....BWAAHHAAAHAHA!!!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Still think Calvin Johnson won a ship in '09?

That was among your dumber observations, gtcd.

BWAAHHAAAHAHA!!!

Rockdog
Rockdog

Turman was not a graduate-transfer. Big difference here.

dawg fan
dawg fan

No complaints from this UGA fan.  Just another non-story stirred up by the desperate media to get the mouses clicking.  Half the crap you guys write about these days isn't the big deal to the public that you make it out to be.  The media lives in a fantasy world of their own making.  It's really out of control. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

We DO win "something"--and with stunning regularity. It happens far more often than not on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@DawgNole @TOJacket That was a real Dawg thrashing of GT by the dogs in 2015..  Final score 13-7...  Big time dawgs won by

two big field goals.....pitiful!!!


TOJacket
TOJacket

@DawgNole @TOJacket Apples and oranges as far as the talent on the teams, but you're a dawg and you're not smart enough to comprehend that....compare the amount of 4-5 star players on both teams and write a report on it by tomorrow skippy.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@LOGS1973

If the team that wins is pitiful, what does that say for the team that loses to that winning team virtually every year?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket @DawgNole

Not apples to oranges at all--just straight up, head-to-head competition, year after year after year.

Who is it that wins the vast majority of those games?

Well? SAY it, loser, and OWN it--because it's all yours.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO @DawgNole

No, NOT regularly enough to be IN the top 10.

DUH!

You're and TOJ are running neck and neck this offseason.

SomewherenSGa
SomewherenSGa

UGA will get their own we don't need Saban's, but you don't punish a kid and their family. I say the one thing is they need to get rid of all this signing crap and just say I am committed to________because that is where I see myself getting a education and can play my sport.

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

What was wrong with Turman playing at Miami? He never played at at UGA and it's not like there was going to be a mass - or even micro - exodus to Coral Gables.

middlegrounder
middlegrounder

@DaltonbywayofBickley As stated, Turman didn't even want to attend UM. Smart was merely setting a precedent to prevent any players wishing to transfer from trying to follow Richt.

Glenu
Glenu

There is something amiss here- this can't be a law just a rule regarding scholarship transfers. Any student athlete can drop out of one school & enter another if he qualifies then if he desires go out for the football team. Maybe he sits out a year before being offered a scholarship but otherwise it would be taking away a constitutional right. No?

like it is
like it is

Smart would be smarter if he left Alabama in the dust and look for good players elsewhere. 

SomewherenSGa
SomewherenSGa

This UGA fan don't whine what goes around comes around.

middlegrounder
middlegrounder

Rules are rules (except for the Black transfer to Missouri, evidently), but in my opinion the rule should have the grad transfer portion of it stripped out entirely. Once a player graduates from a university he or she should be free and clear of their academic and sporting commitments to that school and free to transfer to the graduate program of their choice, wherever it may be. 

Joe in Co
Joe in Co

Great last line of the article, Mark. 

TideDawg
TideDawg

If Saban doesn't want him why would Georgia want him? If this guy couldn't play under Saban's rules and discipline he sure can't play for Kirby. Georgia doesn't need somebody else's rejects.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@TideDawg What an incredibly stupid comment...it is amazing how delirious you humps are?

Natrone
Natrone

Nick's roster is filled with 5 star talent---he needs to loosen up and let this dude transfer to UGA---kirby needs talent, asap!

SomewherenSGa
SomewherenSGa

@Rossado I am a big sports fan but this star cray is useless, it about the heart do they rate that. I say Jessie Tuggle from Valdosta State