Category Archives: transfer

Rod Woodson on departure: It was a big mess

Former Alabama defensive back Rod Woodson landed safely in Florence where he’ll play for the Div. II powerhouse North Alabama.

Talking to the TimesDaily, Woodson offered a little insight into his departure from Alabama.

“It was a big mess, blaming each other and stuff,” Woodson said. “It was just little nagging stuff. Things just didn’t work out, so I had to go to another school.”

Nick Saban called the separation a mutual decision in his Aug. 4 news conference.

Read the rest of the Woodson profile in the TimesDaily by clicking here.

A few notes for your post-holiday Tuesday

There is nothing major to report on this day after Memorial Day, but there are a few nuggets of note. Here they are in no particular order:

  • Tide basketball player Demetrius Jemison was released from his scholarship after missing the entire 2009-10 season with a torn Achilles tendon. He graduated in May and would have been a fifth-year senior if he would have returned next season. Jemison becomes the second player to opt out this off-season after Justin Knox transferred to North Carolina last month.
  • Things didn’t work out in NFL camps for former Alabama linebacker Eryk Anders, so he’s taking his game to Canada. The linebacker who put the blind side hit on Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert in the BCS title game signed on to play for the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.
  • Star Jackson is heading to Georgia State next season, according to the Mobile Press-Register. The former third-string Tide quarterback will play for the first-year FCS program that visits Bryant-Denny Stadium in November.

Justin Knox transfers to UNC

It looks official: Justin Knox is heading to Chapel Hill. Multiple reports, including this one, says the Tuscaloosa native is heading to the ACC and one of the nation’s proudest basketball traditions.

So, I guess this who UAB mess is an afterthought now.

It will be interesting to see how much playing time he will get with the Tar Heels after citing that issue as the reason for leaving the Crimson Tide. His junior season had peeks and valleys, but he played well towards the end of the season.

Stay tuned if further details emerge in this one.

And now, the Bama Blog video of the day.

Star Jackson transferring, Tiffin cut from Browns

It was a busy news day, and of course I was wrapped up working on other stories and missed some of the bigger headlines of the day.

First, in a hardly surprising move, it appears Star Jackson’s Alabama career is over. Nick Saban confirmed the sophomore quarterback’s plans to transfer at today’s stop on the Crimson Caravan, the Mobile Press-Register reported.

Since the once heralded recruit is third on the quarterback depth chart behind Greg McElroy and AJ McCarron, this hardly came as a surprise.

In NFL news, former Crimson Tide kicker Leigh Tiffin got some bad news a day after getting some good news. The Muscle Shoals product was cut by the Cleveland Browns a day after signing a free agent deal.

Justin Knox appeal denied

I’m a little backed up with a couple different stories I am working on, but here is the latest update on the Justin Knox transfer saga written by the Associated Press:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A University of Alabama panel has denied basketball player Justin Knox’s appeal of restrictions placed on his transfer options, but he could still land at a high-profile destination.

Athletic department spokesman Doug Walker confirmed Tuesday that the university committee decided Monday not to free the junior forward to transfer to UAB, another Southeastern Conference school or a school that’s on the Crimson Tide’s schedule for next season.

“I think he was leaning toward UAB, because (Blazers coach) Mike Davis recruited him out of high school and knows his game,” Knox’s uncle, Darien Knox, told The Birmingham News in a story Tuesday. “It would’ve been a good fit.”

The university placed those restrictions on Knox when he decided to play his final season elsewhere. He’s not allowed to transfer to a school within the University of Alabama System, meaning UAB or Division II Alabama-Huntsville.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pounder can play immediately after he graduates this summer and enrolls in graduate school. He would have to sit out a year if he transferred to UAB or one of the other schools on the restricted list.

Knox and his uncle went on an official visit to North Carolina on Sunday and Monday, with another scheduled Tuesday at Georgia Tech. Darien Knox told the newspaper North Carolina has made a scholarship offer.

The Alabama committee did not publicly give a reason for the decision.

“We wish nothing but the best for Justin and all of his future endeavors,” athletic director Mal Moore said.

The NCAA allows Knox to take up to five official visits. Darien Knox said he might add South Alabama, Southern Miss and Georgia State to his list of trips.

He started 17 games last season and averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds.

The Justin Knox saga continues

The whole Justin Knox transfer story continues. Here is what the Associated Press wrote about it this afternoon.

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Alabama coach Anthony Grant said Thursday the university made the decision to limit Justin Knox’s transfer options while agreeing to keep paying his tuition until he graduates this summer.

Grant said he did not make the decision to put restrictions on the junior forward, who would be eligible to play immediately once he has his degree. Under the restrictions, Knox can’t transfer to a school on the Crimson Tide’s schedule next season, to a Southeastern Conference school or within the University of Alabama system. That would rule out UAB.

“My first conversation with him was in regards to his graduation,” Grant said at a pro-am before the Regions Charity Classic. “I felt like what I needed to do for Justin was get clarification on whether or not the university would pay for his graduation. I went and spoke to our administration and they indicated that they would consider that but they had stipulations. Once that got talked about and put in their hands, I stepped away from it. It’s really an administrative decision. Right now, I’m out of it.”

Knox has appealed the restrictions to the university.

Grant indicated he didn’t have a problem personally with Knox transferring to UAB.

“Whatever Justin decides to do, whatever he feels like is in his best interest, I think that’s between Justin and his family,” he said.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Knox started 17 games in Grant’s first season and averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds.

He was a 31-game starter as a sophomore, when he averaged 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Asked whether he feared there was improper tampering from another school, Grant said he is giving Knox the benefit of the doubt.

“When Justin and I talked, Justin spoke of his desire to put himself in a better position to have more playing time, to be a bigger part of that program,” Grant said. “I’ve got to take Justin at his word that that’s what he’s looking for, and I believe him. Justin is a great kid, and we have a great relationship. I wish him the best.”

Grant said a number of schools have called about Knox.

Another Tide LB transfers

Linebacker Charlie Higgenbotham became the latest Alabama football player to leave the program in the summer of transfers. The Mountain Brook product is headed to South Alabama to play for his former prep coach Joey Jones, a former Crimson Tide player who is coaching the first-year FCS program in Mobile. To read the official news release, click here.

After sitting out the 2006 season with a redshirt, Higgenbotham played mostly special teams while recording 16 tackles including a sack in his 24 games with the Tide.

He joins the long list of transfers from Nick Saban’s program that closed spring practice well about the 85-scholarship limit set by the NCAA.

Reports: RB Jermaine Preyear to transfer

Several media outlets are reporting yet another Crimson Tide transfer. This time it is running back Jermaine Preyear.

The Mobile Press-Register is reporting he is interested in moving on to Jacksonville State.

Incidentally, Preyear was not listed in the 2009 media guide released last week at SEC Media Days. And it adds to the trend of this summer.

An overloaded roster means several scholarship players would have to find other accomodations for the coming season. The program was well above the 85-scholarship limit mandated by the NCAA.

With a loaded backfield packed with running backs, seeing at least one transfer would be expected.

Good Friday morning update

It’s that time again to take a daily look at what is making news in the Alabama athletic universe.

  • Check out that countdown clock on the left-hand side of the page. There are fewer than 50 days until kickoff now.
  • There may be two fewer Alabama players making the trip to Atlanta for the opener with Virginia Tech. Brandon Faney is thinking about a transfer, the Tuscaloosa News is reporting. Should he follow through, the backup linebacker would join Chris Jackson who wants to transfer to an ACC school.
  • Alabama fans apparently can come from Tennessee too.
  • Stay tuned for a Q & A in tomorrow’s paper with Crimson Tide basketball coach Anthony Grant. I will try and steal a few minutes with the new coach today in Huntsville where he will be speaking at the All-Star Sports Week.
  • That event is where I was able to get a few minutes with Florida coach Urban Meyer along with a few other reporters. Check out the pub the Bama Blog is getting by clicking here.