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Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

Posted on: February 11, 2012 4:55 pm
 
Grant carries a heavy hammer. (AP)
By Matt Norlander

Something pretty terrible must be happening inside the Alabama program. Days after starter Tony Mitchell was indefinitely suspended from the team, head coach Anthony Grant has now suspended JaMychal Green, Andrew Steele and Trevor Releford, the school announced Saturday afternoon. All three are starters.

What's more, the players were sent home from the team's road trip in Louisiana. Alabama plays against LSU at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night.

The news of the players suspended was first broken by Cecil Hurt of Tuscaloosa News, then confirmed soon thereafter by a school press release.

“We are extremely disappointed in the choices and decisions made by these young men that has led to this suspension,” Grant said in a release. “Talent is a gift, but character is a choice. The consequences of their choices have negatively impacted them as individuals and the people that love and support them. Our hope is that they will be mature enough to accept responsibility for their actions and place a higher value on their character.”

Grant's actions are perhaps unprecedented. Alabama is a 16-7 (5-4 SEC) team that's not assured of an NCAA tournament berth. It now goes without its four best players. Can you remember a college basketball coach in contention for the NCAAs that had to suspended this many starters? If it's something this drastic, the players involved had to know what was coming. Mitchell was the first signal, and now five days later it's this.

The Tide is a mess, and unless Grant's message is received and obeyed, Alabama could be chancing missing the NCAA tournament despite clearly having talent worthy of playing games that matter in March.
Comments

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 8:56 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

I don't know what they did, but I'm assuming the suspension is warranted.  If so, it's refreshing to see a coach stand up for the character of the program over only wins and losses.  Kudos to Alabama.  It's a small step is recovering college sports.
 



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 8:47 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

What really stinks about this situation is that Grant is going to feel the double edged sword of coaching:  win AND run a clean program.  If something like this happens next year he will be out of a job because he isn't winning enough.  He seems to be a classy guy and I applaud him for standing up to his players.  Sadly, in college sports you are told to win but sometimes penalized for doing the right thing and not winning.  Dennis Felton fell victim to that very situation at Georgia.



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 8:38 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

@orangemen90: Anthony Grant's salary comes from athletic department revenues, not the taxpayers.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 8:15 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

And why do you think you're entitled to an explanation? 




Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 8:05 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

Wow..just a disappointing year.  They were suppose to be a great squad.  Coming up short in a weak sec...



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:51 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

I commend Anthony for this move.
It might hurt the Tide in the near term, but should be beneficial in the long term.
Potential recruit's parents will know that Anthony is in control.

Alabama 21  LSU Zereaux  ROLL TIDE!



Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:50 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

For an indefinite suspension of four starters there should some explanation of what actually happened. The standard they broke team rules just isn't good enough. Without these players there is no way for Bama to make the tourney so I'd like to know why this season was tossed away.



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:22 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

Thank you Coach Grant. I applaud any coach who will make the tough decisions when the fallout could be just that - falling out of any contention. In 10, 20, 50 years, winning and playing in the NCAA tourney will not matter as much as character and doing the right thing. It's a shame some will criticize this move, apparently with a lack of true perspective, something not foreign to Coach Grant.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:59 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

Gutsy move by Grant that shows at least he understands what character is all about. I hope this actually leads to them coming together as a team and achieving more than they would have with those guys. What a contrast to some of the other high-profile coaches in BCS conferences!



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:59 pm
 

Anthony Grant suspends 3 more Alabama starters

Does anyone in Alabama even care about this or do they already have their tailgate spots for the spring game already picked out?


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