It is always sad when a college football player or his family uses bad judgment and, as a result, that athlete has an embarrassing end to an otherwise brilliant career.
That appears to be the case with Andre Smith, the Alabama offensive tackle and the Outland Trophy winner. Smith, a junior, was expected to declare early for the NFL Draft. And he probably should. He’s that good and is certainly ready to play at the next level. But according to many published reports Smith, or a family member representing Smith, decided not to wait until after Friday night’s Sugar Bowl to start the contacts with agents.
Alabama got wind of it, did enough investigating to confirm that some contact had taken place and then suspended Smith for the Sugar Bowl. You have to assume that Smith’s college career is over.