The writing was on the wall following the former Alabama Crimson Tide receiver Agiye Hall’s transfer to the Texas Longhorns. Hall had been suspended by head coach Nick Saban twice before entering the transfer portal in April 2022. After a rocky season on and off the field at Alabama, where he appeared in only seven games, it seemed that a fresh start for the receiver was mutually beneficial.
On August 12, Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian announced that Hall would be suspended indefinitely following his arrest the night prior.
Travis County court records confirm Hall was arrested on Thursday, August 11, by University of Texas police on a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge resulting from property damage between $100 and $750. According to documents obtained by the Austin American-Statesman, police said $600 worth of damage was done to a “vehicle boot.” ESPN reported the boot was attached to a wheel on Hall’s Dodge Challenger. On3 reported that a video shared on social media “appears to show Hall reading a parking violation on what could be his orange car. The car has a boot on it in the video.”
Sarkisian Addresses Hall’s Suspension
When Hall transferred into the program, there was much hope around the staff that he would live up to the hype or was simply untapped potential that Saban missed. However, it now seems that Saban’s suspension of Hall was an early warning sign for Sarkisian, who used to coach under Saban.
“We’re aware of the situation involving Agiye Hall, have talked with his family, and have suspended him indefinitely from all team activities for conduct that is detrimental to our program,” Sarkisian told the media.
In a cryptic tweet on August 11, Hall made it clear that he has not had the best relationship with the UTPD since he arrived on campus, writing “been comin for my car since i got their.”
The History of Hall’s Mistakes
While being recruited in 2021, Hall was the No. 34 recruit in the country out of the state of Florida. During his tenure with the Crimson Tide, Hall recorded stats in three games where he caught a total of 4 passes for 72 yards. This includes the national championship game, where he was thrust into a starter role following the injury of Jameson Williams.
On October 16, 2021, Hall finished a game with no targets. He followed up by tweeting, “Nah, calling it quits,” which he later deleted. The week after he would not suit up for the rivalry game against Tennessee.
When Hall was suspended back in April 2022, Saban laid down the law of what he requires of his Alabama football players.
“Whether they’re academic or whatever, it doesn’t matter,” Saban stated, per ESPN. “Everyone has a responsibility and obligation to respect the principles and values and do what they need to do. They’re all there to help them be successful.”
After being asked what Hall could do to make it up to his team and coach, Saban gave a short but loud response.
“I don’t know what his plans are for the future,” Saban said.
Alabama and Texas will face off in Austin, Texas, for the second game of the season on September 10, 2022.