Isaiah Crowell’s choice of headwear at the Auburn-Georgia game last Saturday has created a mild controversy in Internet fan forums and chatrooms this week.
The five-star running back from Columbus wore a black Alabama cap to the game, which he attended as an invited guest of the Tigers. A picture of Crowell and teammate Gabe Wright sitting in the stands during the contest brought attention to it.
Some Auburn fans took offense that Crowell would have the gall to wear Alabama apparel as an invited guest to a game on the Plains. Bama fans are certain it means he’s a lock to end up in Tuscaloosa. Georgia fans worry it means they’ve lost ground.
But Crowell said it never occurred to him that it might bother anybody.
“It was no disrespect to anybody,” Crowell said Thursday. “It was just a fashion thing; it went with what I was wearing. I didn’t even think about it.”
Crowell was asked if anything could be read into the fact he was wearing apparel from Alabama, which is a major player in his recruitment along with Georgia and Auburn, among others.
“Well, no sir,” he said. “Like I said, I didn’t even think about it.”
The reality is, regardless of choice of wardrobe, the visit to Auburn actually lifted the Tigers considerably in Crowell’s eyes.
“I think so,” Carver coach Dell McGee said. “He had a good visit over there.”
Meanwhile, Crowell has one more visit planned this season. He said he will be at the Georgia-Georgia Tech game on Nov. 27 in Athens.
Asked if he might break out the Alabama hat again there, Crowell laughed. “I’m probably not going to wear a hat.”