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Reaction to Suspension Rolls In

While reporters in New Orleans and in Alabama were digging for any truth to rumors that Andre Smith was suspended for improper contact with an agent, reaction to Smith's suspension for Friday's Allstate Sugar Bowl against Utah rolled in from players at the bowl site.

"It is bad news," Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson said after Monday's practice. "We lost the best offensive lineman in the country." But none of the players either would or could go into any details about the reason for Smith's suspension. One reporter asked whether Saban had addressed the team before the season about contact with agents, and Caldwell responded, ""Uh ... yeah. That's a... Recommended Stories