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SEC issues statement about clock issues at end of Kentucky-Mizzou game

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With Missouri moving the ball toward the red zone with about 20 seconds to play, Tigers wide receiver J'Mon Moore got up from the end of the play and had the ball knocked out of his hands by a Kentucky defender. The intent was pretty obvious, as the clock was running and the football now needed to be recovered by the official as the precious seconds ticked away. Instead of having roughly 16 seconds left to play, Missouri only had three seconds left on the clock after spiking the football.

After reviewing the play in the SEC offices, the conference issued a statement confirming the officials on the field missed the action that should have stopped the clock.

“Had that action been seen by the officials in real time, the clock would have been stopped at approximately 0:16 seconds and restarted on the ready for the play signal,” the SEC statement said.

With 16 seconds on the clock, Missouri could have potentially run two or three more plays to go for a game-tying score to set up a potential go-ahead extra-point.

Mizzou RB Damarea Crockett arrested for pot possession

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Only a few hours after setting a program record for most rushing yards by a freshman against Tennessee, Mizzou running back Damarea Crockett was arrested on suspicion of possession of fewer than 35 grams of marijuana, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter.

Crockett was arrested in a campus parking lot a little after 4 a.m. Possession of fewer than 35 grams of marijuana is a Class A misdemeanor in Missouri.

According to Matter, a spokesperson said Crockett’s discipline will “be handled internally.”

In Mizzou’s 63-37 loss to Tennessee on Saturday, Crockett rushed for 225 yards with a touchdown. The Little Rock, Ark., native has 1,062 rushing yards this year.

‘Bama offers clarification on Maurice Smith transfer imbroglio

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Alabama defensive back Maurice Smith would like to transfer to Georgia. His mother said Alabama is blocking the transfer. Smith’s desire to leave the Tide has come at a personal cost to him.

In a push back against arcane transfer rules — there is no explanation for why Kirby Smart can leave Alabama for Georgia with no penalty while Smith can’t except for “we’ve always done it that way” — it has been pointed out Alabama allowed wide receiver Chris Black was allowed to transfer to Missouri without a crimson blockade.

Alabama offered this explanation on Thursday:

Still, Alabama could allow Smith to transfer to Georgia if it wanted. It just doesn’t.

Of course, Smart and Georgia have no leg to stand on. Earlier this off-season, the exact same scenario played itself out in Athens, except it was an even less inconvenient scenario for the Bulldogs.

Georgia running back A.J. Turman wanted to rejoin Mark Richt at Miami. Smart didn’t let him. Turman ended up at Florida Atlantic, and what went around finally came around.

Report: Maurice Smith ostracized, found ‘personal belongings in the trash’ after decision to transfer from ‘Bama

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An ugly situation involving the defending national champions keeps getting uglier.

Overnight, the mother of would-be Alabama graduate transfer Maurice Smith claimed that UA was blocking a move to Georgia.  Smith has appealed the decision to block his transfer to UGA and reunion with former Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, thus far to no avail.

As part of that process, Smith wrote a letter to the university’s appeal committee.  In the letter, which Smith’s mother shared with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the defensive back claims he was “ostracized” by the program after informing head coach Nick Saban of his decision to transfer June 16.

Smith went on to relay other claims of the treatment he received post-announcement:

“On Friday, June 17, I arrived at the athletic facility locker room to find my locker cleaned out and all of my personal belongings in the trash (photo attached) underneath trash,” Maurice Smith wrote. “These personal items included my family photos, written goals, inspirational and sentimental items memorializing my deceased former friend, roommate and teammate, Altee Tenpenny, and items of personal value from my former teammates.”

Smith also claims that he was barred from working out, eating at the athletic facility and the like.

Saban informed Smith June 27 that he would not be permitted to transfer to any other SEC school, including Georgia, and that “the SEC commissioner agreed with him” on that stance.  That stands in stark contrast to the treatment of Chris Black, the wide receiver who announced his decision to transfer from Alabama last December and landed at Missouri as a graduate transfer in February — without Saban or the university or the conference blocking his move to the SEC East school.

While neither UGA nor any other SEC school were an option for Smith, Miami was as Saban granted the player a release to transfer to the school headed by former UGA had coach Mark Richt.  Smith, though, didn’t follow through with a move to the Hurricanes, at last not yet, as he has his heart set on playing for his former coordinator.

“I felt confused and unfairly treated and did not pursue the release to UM,” Smith wrote. “Although things appeared hopeless, I communicated with my parents who told me to follow my heart and if UGA was where I felt I would have success, I should not back down and should pursue it.”

Smith, who declined to have his grant-in-aid renewed even as Saban told him he was renewing it instead of releasing him, is asking for an expedited review of his appeal.  UGA has already kicked off summer camp, and Smith still needs to apply to and be accepted at a grad school, whether it be UGA or elsewhere.

Maurice Smith’s mom says Alabama blocking DB’s transfer to Georgia

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It appears the Nick SabanKirby Smart rivalry of mentor-pupil is getting a heated off-field start ahead of wherever it winds up being on the field.

In June, reports surfaced that Maurice Smith had been given permission to pursue a transfer from Alabama, even as the defensive back’s family left the door open for a return to the Tide.  Georgia, headed by Saban’s former right-hand man Smart, was mentioned as a potential landing spot for the soon-to-be graduate transfer as a possible return faded.

However, it was reported last month that UA had steadfastly declined to, for whatever reason, release Smith from his scholarship.  Smith went through an appeals process to secure a release that has, thus far, been unsuccessful.

Tuesday night, Smith’s mother confirmed to DawgNation.com that her son “wants to go to Georgia. Period.” She also confirmed that the university in general and Saban specifically are, essentially, being absurdly obstinate when it comes to a player who has one year of eligibility remaining, a year in which the Tide and Bulldogs won’t face each other yet again, transferring to Athens and the former Tide defensive coordinator’s program.

From the report:

The university is continuing to be resistant to any request to release my son. That’s where we are,” Samyra Smith said. “In (Saban’s) mind, the best decision is for him to stay here. And he doesn’t think anything other than that is best for the kid. …

“They’re being difficult. Intentionally,” Samyra Smith said. “It’s his choice. It should be his choice, if he wants to leave here, he should be able to do that. ….

“He wants to go where he feels like he’ll have the level of success he wants to have. It may work, it may not. But it should be his choice.

If how Smith’s mother’s framing of the situation is even remotely accurate, it’s the bushiest of bush league moves by Saban.  Petty, even.  Or even worse.

Especially as, in mere days, the student-athlete involved in this hostage situation will be a graduate of his former school.  Why he can’t move on to the school of his post-graduate choosing is one of the greater hypocrisies of the current NCAA model.

Even more hypocritical?  Chris Black, who announced his decision to transfer from Alabama last December, landed at Missouri as a graduate transfer in February — without Saban or the university blocking his move to the SEC East school.