NCAA: Alabama WR Kenny Bell Tweets Retirement, Nick Saban Refutes

Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Kenny Bell tweeted he's retiring from the NCAA to attend to personal reasons, but head coach Nick Saban dismissed Bell's tweets, saying he just needs a bit of time to sort out his issues.

Sep 3 2013, 10:05pm CDT | by

NCAA: Alabama WR Kenny Bell Tweets Retirement, Nick Saban Refutes
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Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Kenny Bell tweted he's retiring from the NCAA.

Bell, a senior, made the announcement via his Twitter page on Tuesday morning via 

"..I know I'm going to lose so many friends and followers and get more negative talk from people but truth is I Dnt's been a nice run but I'm hanging up my cleats.

"..time to focus on my responsibilities MY kiDS..I've made so many memories here @Alabama but some things you gotta let go." 

However, Laken Litman of USA Today Sports confirms Bell has not left the team as head coach Nick Saban gave him a "personal day" and expects him to report for practice on Wednesday. 

Saban, who spoke with both Bell and his mother, aired his side of the story. 

"Kenny Bell, I gave a personal day today. He should be back to practice tomorrow. Kenny's a fifth-year senior. He's done a great job in this program. He's played a lot of good football for us.

"He's made a lot of big plays. He's been a good teammate to a lot of guys on the team and is certainly somebody that I have a tremendous amount of respect for as a competitor. 

"Sometimes we have personal things we need to iron out and today he had a day to do that."

Litman then checked Bell's Twitter account which has the Crimson Tide receiver writing,"I'm back with the team!! Just needed time to myself for a day but I couldn't leave my boy @10AJMcCarron we ended this run together. #16"

Saban makes it clear he wants Bell to be happy balancing his commitments to his team and his personal life. 

"I want Kenny to be happy. I'd love for him to be a part of the team if he can be happy doing that relative to any other personal responsibilities he has." 

Bell, who earned his college diploma in December, took the field for Saturday's 35-10 triumph over the Virgina Tech Hokies. However, he didn't record a single catch. 

In his 35 career games with the Crimson Tide, he has had 36 catches for 712 yards and five touchdowns. 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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