After a drawn-out process, Alabama linebacker Maurice Smith has been granted his release from the school, according to multiple reports.
Smith told head coach Nick Saban in June that he planned to transfer to in-conference rival Georgia, where former Alabama coaches Kirby Smart and Mel Tucker are now the head coach and defensive coordinator. Saban had declined to release Smith until this point, saying that he would not let him transfer to another SEC school.
The decision now falls on the SEC to rule whether Smith can transfer to Georgia.
“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,” Saban told reporters Wednesday, according to Al.com. “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.”
Smith graduated from the university on Saturday and formally applied for a graduate transfer waiver from the SEC. His mother told DawgNation.com that they expect a decision in the next 24 hours.