Saban: Smith could return to 'Bama

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban hasn't ruled out the possibility of All-America left tackle Andre Smith returning for his senior season.

Also, an NCAA spokeswoman said the governing body has spoken with university officials and determined it is an internal matter.

Saban suspended the Outland Trophy winner for Friday night's Sugar Bowl against No. 7 Utah after alleged dealings with a sports agent.

Saban said no decision has been made on whether Smith will return to Alabama or enter the NFL draft. NCAA spokeswoman Stacy Osburn confirmed that the university is handling the matter.

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