ATLANTA (AP) Georgia senior linebacker Tim Kimbrough says he will transfer to a Division II school after being forced off the team by coach Kirby Smart.
Kimbrough told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday that Smart said ''he was going to kick me off the team or I had to transfer.''
Smart said in a statement that Kimbrough's exit from the team was based on a ''mutual decision.''
Kimbrough, who was third on the team with 67 tackles last season, did not participate in practice Wednesday.
Classes at Georgia begin Thursday. Kimbrough missed time in spring practice for what Smart said were academic reasons. Kimbrough said Thursday his transfer is not based on academics.
Kimbrough was working behind Reggie Carter and Natrez Patrick at inside linebacker.
The Athens Banner-Herald first reported his plan to transfer.
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