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Out at ‘Bama, Robby Green heads to Div. II

Robby Green

It was, to say the least, a roller-coast ride for Robby Green the past year and a half at Alabama, with many more dips than highs.

The defensive back missed all of last year due to academic issues, and a violation of unspecified team rules caused him to miss the 2011 spring sessions.  He also missed a majority of spring practice in 2010, seemingly due to the same academic issues that sidelined him for the entire year.

Those lows played a rather large role in the Tide announcing back in late June that Green would not be returning to the football program.  A month later, Green has found a new, less-swank collegiate football home.

Speaking to, Green confirmed that he’s transferring to California University of Pennsylvania.  As the Vulcans — I’d go to the school just for the nickname — are a Div. II school, Green will be eligible to play immediately.

I needed a fresh start in a new place. I needed to get out of one element and into another one,” Green told “I’ll get to go up North, meet some new people and try to make my dream of playing at the next level happen.”

Green’s not totally done with Alabama, however; he told the website that he plans to return next spring and get his degree from the school.

Green was a four-star member of the Tide’s 2008 recruiting class and was the No. 17 cornerback in the country according to  While he played safety with the Tide, he will be moved back to corner for his final season of college eligibility.

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6 Responses to “Out at ‘Bama, Robby Green heads to Div. II”
  1. dcroz says: Jul 31, 2011 6:11 PM

    OK, I’m confused. He was suspended from the team because of academic issues that span at least the last year and a half, but he plans to return to ‘Bama in the spring to complete his degree? If he can complete his degree within a year, then where did the academic issues come from? And if he had academic issues, then how can he finish his degree in a year? Too much to ponder on a hot Sunday afternoon….

  2. dcroz says: Jul 31, 2011 6:13 PM

    Or maybe I just misread it and that he’ll return next spring, but won’t necessarily finish in a year. Either way, it still seems odd.

  3. rtrdew says: Aug 1, 2011 6:58 AM

    Cal always seems to get d1 transfers because of their money. They will probably get beat again by a underfunded but better coached bloomsburg, pa team.

  4. bigdinla says: Aug 1, 2011 8:02 AM

    He was suspended the first time for testing positive with steroids. The second time he was suspended was for testing positive for drugs. Robby is a very good football player and a nice kid, but he made to many really bad choices and it cost him his scholarship. I wish him the best as a Vulcan.

  5. florida727 says: Aug 1, 2011 4:15 PM

    How much eligibility does he actually have left? Can he get his academic situation squared away in a year in PA, then return to ‘Bama and PLAY one more season? You’d think with all the suspensions he’d have eligibility left so he can show what he’s got at the D1 level in hopes of playing in the NFL. He won’t get a look playing D2, will he? Maybe as a free agent if someone’s willing to give him a look?

  6. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 1, 2011 5:27 PM

    who cares? if the kid is a screw up, he doesn’t deserve multiple chances. If he doesn’t care about his education enough to focus on it, then screw him. Most HS football players would give anything for a shot to play big time football, and this kid is an example of what not to do when given a great opportunity.

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