You are one of the best college football players at your position and practically guaranteed to be one of the top five overall picks in the upcoming NFL Draft (in fact, many have you slotted to be the first selection in the whole shebang). The last thing you want to do is take any action that would lower your draft stock. Agents are knocking on your door, calling you left and right, and promising you the best training facilities and weekly stipends. Just wait until after your bowl game. Alabama offensive tackle, Andre Smith, just could not resist the temptation. He has been suspended from the Sugar Bowl and likely has played his last game in an Alabama uniform. The suspension is reportedly for improper dealings with an agent.
As I have mentioned plenty of times on this site, Alabama does not play around when it comes to athlete agents. The potential penalties and the propensity of Alabama to enforce its regulations has led some to say that it is not worth it to represent athletes out of Alabama at all. While it is still just a rumor that the suspension is related to dealings with an agent, I would not be surprised based on the state of Alabama’s stance on such activity in the past. The University of Alabama would not want to allow Smith to play if it knew about potential agent contact with one of its student athletes.