Nick Saban and the University of Alabama announced today that Darrington Sentimore and Keiwone Malone have been suspended indefinitely while Robby Green will not return to the team in 2011.
Nick Saban said this in a statement released:
“Keiwone Malone and Darrington Sentimore have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules and policy.”
There weren’t any specifics other than that. I have no idea what these players did in order to get suspended. It more than likely has something to do with academics if I was guessing, because I doubt either of these players would be involved in something that hurt their eligibility.
Malone’s case may be strictly academics, but Sentimore has been said to be looking for a transfer, so off the field disciplinary issues are what I expect.
The loss of Sentimore hurts the depth along the Crimson Tide defensive line. The sophomore was expected to see a lot of playing time this year. He wasn’t going to be a starter, but he was definitely going to be in the rotation up front, and his loss means somebody else will have to step up to fill that void.
Of course, an indefinite suspension doesn’t really tell us much. He could be suspended for all of Fall Camp, maybe more, or he could be reinstated in a couple of weeks. But, if it does have something to do with academics, then Sentimore and Malone will determine their own suspensions by how quickly they get their grades up to par.
Sentimore’s suspension means that guys like Quinton Dial, and incoming freshman Jeoffrey Pagan will need to make an immediate impact to fill the void left by Sentimore. Of course, Sentimore wasn’t a proven player by any means. He hasn’t seen a meaningful snap with the Crimson Tide, so we don’t really know exactly what the team is losing.
As for Malone, he redshirted last season and wasn’t really being counted on to make a big impact in 2011. Malone’s impact was likely to be mostly on special teams in kick coverage or kick returns. I don’t think he was in line for much playing time at wide receiver.
Sentimore and Malone received just suspensions, while Nick Saban decided to completely cut ties with disgruntled safety Robby Green by dismissing him from the team.
Green was ruled ineligible last season, and was forced to sit out the entirety of the 2010 season. He was expected to give the Crimson Tide quality depth at safety behind Mark Barron and Robert Lester.
But, we had to know something was amuck by the absence of Green during the A-Day game. Everyone thought Green had a bright future with Alabama before the start of last season, and he was in line to start at safety across from Barron last season. His suspension opened the door for Robert Lester to take over and lead the SEC in interceptions.
Robby Green will land somewhere I suspect. He still has a year left of eligibility, so I expect to see him end up with some FCS school before the start of the season. If I had to guess, I would say he would end up joining BJ Scott at South Alabama or Demetrius Goode at North Alabama.
Roster attrition has been well documented this offseason with the departures of BJ Scott, Demetrius Goode, Petey Smith, Corey Grant, and now Robby Green, with another likely on the way in Darrington Sentimore.
It’s been a tumultuous offseason on and off the gridiron, and I for one, am ready to put this offseason in the rearview mirror and get the 2011 season started.