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Alabama Reportedly Grants Full Release To Transferring DB Maurice Smith

Maurice Smith, a defensive back transferring out of Alabama, has reportedly been granted a full release by the school, according to a report. The defensive back and the Crimson Tide had been in the news lately, as Smith wants to transfer to Georgia but wasn't being allowed to.

Maurice Smith, a senior defensive back, announced earlier this summer that he was transferring out of the program. Alabama was reportedly "uncooperative" with his transfer and his belongings were reportedly found in the trash in the Crimson Tide locker room after he made his decision.

The Tuscaloosa News is reporting that Alabama has granted him his full release. So, it's now up to the SEC, which would have to approve an intra-conference transfer.

The University of Alabama athletic department has granted a full release to defensive back Maurice Smith, sources have confirmed to The Tuscaloosa News.

Smith, who graduated from Alabama last Saturday, can contact any school including those within the SEC about a potential transfer with the release. The status of any possible transfer within the conference would depend on approval of a waiver by the Southeastern Conference office.

Nick Saban spoke briefly about Smith after practice today, saying his transfer is "out of his hands."

"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 said. "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."

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart says he is "absolutely fine" with grad transfers transferring within the SEC.

Smith, a Texas native, was a four-star recruit in the 2013 class.