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Last week Gentry Estes of the MOBILE PRESS-REGISTER has the latest installment of Alabama Coach Nick Saban forcing an underperforming though eligible player off his team to make room for a better prospect.

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Alabama coach Nick Saban has confirmed this morning’s earlier news that sophomore reserve quarterback Star Jackson plans to leave the Crimson Tide in pursuit of a transfer to another school.

Saban had this to say before tonight’s Crimson Caravan stop in Mobile …

“Star Jackson has done a fantastic job in our program, made a tremendous amount of improvement. We hate to see any player leave the program, but quarterback’s kind of a unique position where one guy can play, and we have a lot of competition there right now. Greg’s the starter coming back, AJ has done a fantastic job of improving, Phillip Sims came in at mid-semester and showed a lot of promise this spring.

“Star has made a tremendous amount of improvement and done a very, very good job. But I think sometimes when quarterbacks can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of when they might be able to play, they get a little antsy and might want to go someplace else. Star and I have discussed it, and we’re going to help him do what he feels is going to make him and his family the best decision for his future.”

A native of Lake Worth, Fla., and former Super 11 quarterback recruit, Jackson saw action in five games last season as a redshirt freshman for Alabama, completing 13 of 18 throws for 116 yards. He is now likely headed to an NCAA FCS or Division II program, his high school coach told the Press-Register earlier today.

Attempts to reach Jackson have been unsuccessful.

If player “transfers” like this didn’t happen all that often in Saban-coached programs, I guess you could accept the coach’s comments at face value. But Saban is notorious for oversigning recruiting classes and then cutting eligible players under the ol’ “transfer” pretense.

Saban is far from alone in the practice, which has gotten so out of control that a website called (via Da Wiz) was launched earlier this year to track coaches who brazenly game so-called scholarship limits.

The most recent example of a coach misrepresenting the departure of a scholarship player is Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson. The ASSOCIATED PRESS has a scathing report on Anderson’s abuse of the truth in announcing the departure of sophomore forward Tyler Stone: Read more…