It has been announced that All-American left tackle Andre Smith has been suspended for violation of team rules. He will not participate in the Sugar Bowl and has been sent home. Coach Saban's statement can be read here. No other details have been announced so far.
Combine this with textbookgate from last year's Tennessee game and you can't say that Saban lacks discipline (assuming it was a decision that could've gone either way.) That's a lot of suspended starters before very big games.
Needless to say, this is very bad news for us and very good news for Utah. You don't lose a player of this caliber and not feel it on the field, especially against a quality team like Utah.
We will keep you up to date on this story when we find out more.
In the meantime, here's my analysis of the situation: @**!@^#$^!!!!