Monday, 29 December 2008

Andre Smith suspended for Sugar Bowl

Andre Smith will not participate in the Sugar Bowl following a suspension for breaking team rules. The Alabama tackle was touted by some as the highest rated prospect at his position but this could affect his draft ranking. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban puts winning above anything else so whatever this misdemeanour was it is serious.

*Update* It appears that Smith's suspension is due to premature consultation with an agent. This sort of thing could have led to 'Bama being kicked out of the Sugar Bowl had he played so they're playing it safe. It shouldn't affect his draft status too much but certainly raises questions as to how Smith allowed this to happen. A legal matter could have sunk him down the draft boards.

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