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    Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended from the 2008 Sugar Bowl for violating team rules.

    Smith is a junior, but this should make his decision to leave for the NFL a lock. Widely considered the top tackle prospect in what projects to be another extremely deep draft at the position, Smith was a consensus first-team All American and won the Outland Trophy in 2008. What team rule he violated is unclear, but we're guessing it was bad. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban puts winning above all else. This could affect Smith's draft status in April. Dec. 29 - 3:47 pm et


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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Wow, dont want to speculate too much until the details are out, but this could greatly affect our decision in April. We're looking for high character guys, and getting suspended for your last college game certainly knocks you out of that category imho.

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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Rumor has it it's "Contact with an agent".

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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Quote Originally Posted by C-Mob 71 View Post
    Wow, dont want to speculate too much until the details are out, but this could greatly affect our decision in April. We're looking for high character guys, and getting suspended for your last college game certainly knocks you out of that category imho.
    Unless it's for chatting with an agent.

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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Scott Wright of NFL Draft Countdown has confirmed it has something to do with involvement with an agent.

    Very strange, and I'm not sure what to think about this. You've got one more game to play, and then that's it. Could it not have waited?

    The rules about players contacting agents are pretty clear, and while I'm not naive enough to think it doesn't happen, I agree with Scott's take on his website forum in that Smith's violation must have been pretty blatant to warrant a suspension from this game.

    This is going to be something that needs to be hammered on in his combine interviews, because while I don't think the violation itself is that bad, the act of doing it to the extent of having to be suspended right before a BCS bowl game is concerning.

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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    if its contact with an agent, that is not a big deal for NFL teams.......its not exactly like Andre Smith smoked pot, got in a bar fight or beat up his girlfriend......not even cheating on a test.

    The guy is about to become a multi-millionaire and agents are standing in line trying to get him to sign......He just gave in and talked to somebody......hardly a crime or a character flaw.....

    .....a lapse in judgement - perhaps...

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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    It doesnt impact me at all if its for contact with an agent. If he is the best guy, i have no problem taking him.

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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Scott Wright of NFL Draft Countdown has confirmed it has something to do with involvement with an agent.

    Very strange, and I'm not sure what to think about this. You've got one more game to play, and then that's it. Could it not have waited?

    The rules about players contacting agents are pretty clear, and while I'm not naive enough to think it doesn't happen, I agree with Scott's take on his website forum in that Smith's violation must have been pretty blatant to warrant a suspension from this game.

    This is going to be something that needs to be hammered on in his combine interviews, because while I don't think the violation itself is that bad, the act of doing it to the extent of having to be suspended right before a BCS bowl game is concerning.
    I think Alabama was burned by one of its guys chatting with an agent a couple of years ago, so that may possibly explain the haste and severity of the reaction.

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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    It doesnt impact me at all if its for contact with an agent. If he is the best guy, i have no problem taking him.

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    I agree but it shows poor judgement, something the rams needs to look at.
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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Quote Originally Posted by PeoriaRam View Post
    I think Alabama was burned by one of its guys chatting with an agent a couple of years ago, so that may possibly explain the haste and severity of the reaction.
    Antonio Langham in 93. Nick Saban wasn't around I don't really think it's something to do with Antonio unless pressure came from above, which is possible no doubt. Talking to an Agent is an NCAA Violation the team needs to discipline Smith otherwise the NCAA steps in and gives Alamaba further sanctions. After textbookgate Saban doesn't need to take any chances, Alabama's probably still on probation

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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Quote Originally Posted by eldfan View Post
    I agree but it shows poor judgement, something the rams needs to look at.
    Agreed. It's risk versus reward, and I'm not sure if the Rams will risk this one.

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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Quote Originally Posted by eldfan View Post
    I agree but it shows poor judgement, something the rams needs to look at.
    How is it poor judgement? He escapes injury in what amounts to a meaningless exhibition game (he's a lock for going in the top 5), and presumably has secured effective representation. Kind of smart if you ask me.

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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Quote Originally Posted by PeoriaRam View Post
    How is it poor judgement? He escapes injury in what amounts to a meaningless exhibition game (he's a lock for going in the top 5), and presumably has secured effective representation. Kind of smart if you ask me.
    But he did get suspended.

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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Kind of a... false start.

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    Re: Alabama OT Andre Smith has been suspended

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Kind of a... false start.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
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