Now it will be some other college football coach who gets to answer that question.
In an amicable parting of the ways announced Friday, the sophomore offensive lineman was granted his release with the intention of transferring to a school closer to his home in Franklin, Tenn.
“Due to the declining health and eventual passing of Louis Bullard, the last 12 months have been very challenging for Alex and his family,” Kelly said, referring to Bullard’s late father.
“Throughout this very trying time, the Bullards have continued to exude the utmost class and dignity, and I wish Alex and his family all the best in the future and will keep them in my thoughts.”
“Alex is a great young man that I enjoyed working with this year,” Kelly said, “and (I) fully understand and support his desires to attend a school closer to his mother and sister.”
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Bullard, a former standout at the Brentwood Academy, redshirted his freshman season in 2009 and had cameos in just three games this season -- against Michigan State, Boston College and Western Michigan.
After sitting out the 2011 season to satisfy NCAA transfer requirements, Bullard would have two seasons of eligibility.