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Kirby Smart: I would ‘absolutely’ let graduates transfer within SEC

ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia coach Kirby Smart said Saturday that he will not block graduates from transferring to other SEC schools.

When posed the question, Smart said he would “absolutely” let them leave without restrictions.

“I think that every young man that we bring here to the University of Georgia, we want them to graduate from this place,” Smart said. “If they have an opportunity to go to graduate school at another place, I certainly think that’s something we’re going to let them do.”

The question came on the heels of the ongoing Maurice Smith saga at Alabama. Smith, a senior defensive back who officially graduated from the school Saturday, wants to transfer to Georgia but Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban has blocked the move, citing SEC rules.

“I can’t speak much about the Mo situation, because he’s a recruited prospective student-athlete,” Smart said. “I can obviously comment that we’re recruiting Mo and he’s a prospective student-athlete.”

As a graduate transfer, Smith would be eligible to play immediately at any school under NCAA rules. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Smart, a longtime Alabama defensive coordinator, was Smith’s defensive coordinator with the Crimson Tide the past three seasons. He is entering his first season as head coach of the Bulldogs.

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