Based on Nick Saban‘s latest remarks, the Alabama saga that is Scooby Carter continues.
On his radio show in mid-November, Saban revealed that he had to suspend a player for the Mississippi State game in Starkville because he missed a class, although the head coach didn’t reveal the player’s identity at the time; on the day of the game, it was confirmed that the player in question was Carter (pictured, No.11). Not long after, the true freshman cornerback announced that he was entering his name into the NCAA transfer database.
A month later, Carter’s father revealed that his son had opted to remain at ‘Bama and rejoined the Crimson Tide football team. The purported return was preceded by at least one conversation with Saban.
In an update Friday, however, Saban indicated that Carter remains away from the team. In fact, Carter hasn’t practiced with the team since that initial suspension. And his name is still in the transfer portal.
The coach did, though, state that the door remains open for a return.
“Scooby can have another opportunity to be on the team. If he wants to start with the team next semester in school, we’ll give him another opportunity at that time — if he did okay in school,” Saban said. “We are trying to be supportive and help him to do the things that he needs to do to have a chance to be successful as a person, as a student-athlete and as a player. We will give him an opportunity to come back next semester if he wants to do that.”
Carter was a four-star member of the Crimson Tide’ 2019 recruiting class, rated as the No. 9 cornerback in the country and the No. 15 player at any position in the state of Texas. He was the highest-rated corner signed by the Tide this past cycle.
In three games this season, Carter has been credited with one tackle. Because he has only played in those three games, he could take a redshirt for the 2019 season.Follow @cftalk