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OL Chad Lindsay not on Tide’s roster, set to transfer

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As Alabama opened up spring practice Saturday, there was a somewhat noticeable — and likely permanent — absence among the players who did hit the field.

Chad Lindsay, forced into the starting lineup last season due to injury, was not listed on the Tide’s spring roster released earlier in the day.  No explanation was given for the offensive lineman not being included on the roster, other than head coach Nick Saban saying the player decided not to come back to the Tide for his final season., however, reported that Lindsay is expected to transfer to an undetermined location.  An unnamed source told the Anniston Star that “Chad is transferring, but we aren’t disclosing any teams at this time.”

As Lindsay graduated in August of last year, he would be eligible to play immediately in 2014 if he transferred to another FBS program.

In place of an injured Ryan Kelly, Lindsay started four games at center in 2013.  A three-star member of the Tide’s 2010 recruiting class coming out of high school in The Woodlands, Tex., Lindsay was rated as the No. 30 guard in the country that year.

In addition to Lindsay, tight end Harrison Jones and defensive back Jai Miller were also not part of the spring roster.  The former is the brother of ex-Tide All-American Barrett Jones while the latter was a 29-year-old walk-on — yes, 29-year-old — who played in five games last season.

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10 Responses to “OL Chad Lindsay not on Tide’s roster, set to transfer”
  1. lolnfl says: Mar 15, 2014 9:24 PM

    alabama needs to force guys out because they oversign like crazy…wouldn’t be surprised if they paid him off to leave.

  2. wareagle1961 says: Mar 15, 2014 10:35 PM


  3. stoicpaisano says: Mar 15, 2014 11:45 PM

    Holy cow that’s what happened to Miller? He was a hot prospect as an outfielder because he “looked” the part. Next two guys picked after him in the 2003 Draft are named Papelbon and Michael Bourn. Funny how things work out, glad he’s getting school paid for.

  4. chex1868 says: Mar 16, 2014 10:59 AM

    Standard operating procedure for $aban.

  5. rolltide510 says: Mar 16, 2014 11:32 AM

    Click on CFT this time of year, and headlines about players leaving schools for greener pastors dominate the newsfeed. There’s not really any comments on them, because everybody knows every team has people transfer out ever year. To be closer to home, to get more playing time, etc etc.

    Except Alabama — Players only leave Alabama when the gestapo head coach laughs as he pulls their scholarship and ruins their dreams because he’s evil.

    Some folks might be tempted to ask why a veteran backup – who has started games at both center and guard, would compete for an open spot in the spring, and whose leaving actually causes problems vs. solving them on the depth chart – would be *kicked off the team*.

  6. normtide says: Mar 16, 2014 2:53 PM

    So many fear driven comments. Do buy into the hype. Fast paced offenses haven’t really win anything. Remember Stanford v Oregon. Bama just signed what many are calling the best recruiting class ever. I neither promise not expect national titles, but the tide will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. And, just like Miami and USC in their hay days, people will hate them for their success.

  7. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 16, 2014 5:51 PM

    @normtide and all the southern fried redneck Bamma fans.

    The only thing that occurred here is that he got scared of that talented WVU line he would have too face in the season opener! Ok, now on a serious note Saban probably over-signed again, what a surprise. And your right Bama is a lot like USC, and Miami, and they will soon have the NCAA sanctions to prove it. And as we all know Bama fans it wont be the first time… Just par for the course for youallllll!

  8. normtide says: Mar 16, 2014 7:58 PM

    Wvu fan calling anyone redneck? That’s rich! That whole state has like 4 different last names.

    But seriously, looking forward to opening weekend. Till then, enjoy flying half way across the country to finish in the bottom half of your new league.

  9. roltyd says: Mar 17, 2014 7:59 AM

    wvu, your comment from someone from the state that coined the “redneck” name, I thought you would use it in a more educated manner. But that’s where the equation is wrong… wvfan = educated.

    The story, IF you read it throughout, reads that Lindsay “graduated “, so he has his degree. Many players who have graduated and still have a year of eligibility left want to start every game their last year, and this simply doesn’t happen at Bama unless you earn it. Having to go through another grueling off-season in Coach Cochran’s torture sessions just didn’t fit his agenda now. Thanks, Chad, for service performed, and good luck with your life after Bama.


  10. timothyf7 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:22 AM

    I know Barners don’t like facts, but for those that don’t want to throw around lies, here they are. Chad graduated already which means he could go somewhere else and start instead of playing back-up. If he wants to advance to the next level, this would give him the exposure that he needs. Barrett also graduated and is not going to play football in the future. He is ready to apply his degree. And Jai my be back. He has decided, at this time to apply himself to his studies but remains eligible to return. So two players graduated and a walk-on is taking a break to help his studies. The ‘Process’ works! Two got their degree and one is trying hard to get his. (Standard operating procedure from the Cow Fields boys! Never let facts get in the way of an uninformed jab!)

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