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Ex-Tider Robert says missed classes doomed him at UA

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

TUSCALOOSA — When former Alabama right-handed pitcher Bernard Robert was asked to leave the Crimson Tide baseball team in late April, then coach Jim Wells said that Robert a broke team rule.

According to Robert, that team rule was his own inability to go to class.

"I missed two classes, and it was one of those things where it was down to the last straw," Robert said. "(Coach Wells) called me into his office. I didn't think I would be kicked off, but he told me I wasn't going to be part of the team."

Robert, who transferred from Southeastern Louisiana at the start of the 2006 season, said that he fell into the bad habit of skipping class at his old school.

"I was just being lazy," he added.

Robert led Alabama with a 3.64 ERA in 12 appearances in 2007. When SEC play started, Robert became the team's Saturday starter. He made nine starts on the year.

He recently signed a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles and was sent to the team's Appalachian League affiliate in Bluefield, W.Va. In two appearances, he has a 1-0 record in three innings of work with a 3.00 ERA.

Robert has two semesters left at school and said he wants to return and finish his degree at Alabama.

"I'll be back in Tuscaloosa as soon as I'm done with ball," Robert said. "If I'm taking classes or not, I'll be living in Tuscaloosa."

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