"How much do we actually reinvest in quality of support staff to help develop players that may have a chance to go on and play at the next level, have great college careers, have a chance to win a championship,” Saban said. “Pretty significant budget around here, that if you look at it, it really is invested back in the players."I suppose that sounds pretty altruistic to me.
OT: Saban on CAPA via SI: “I’ve always been an advocate of players’ rights."
Very true, he cared about them so much he made sure they didn't further injure themselves by playing again. Class act all the way.
Foot. Sorry but you are no longer on the team, roll damn tide
The sad part is that there's recruits and parents who he's able to convince that he's just a wholesome, swell guy. I bet he says "aw, shucks" on every visit he goes on.
Don't you think it's more likely that they don't give a damn if he's a good guy or not if they believe he can get them to their payday at the next level? Let's not pretend that these players are idiots, but rather consider that they may be just as self-interested.
I think that's certainly the case for some of them, but not all.
I actually don't think Saban puts on the "Ah, shucks" routine on recruiting visits. He does not have to. What Saban is and what Alabama is are well known, Nick Saban has never ducked the fact that he runs football factories where ever he goes. I think he sells titles and the NFL when he recruits. Play for me and you will playing for titles and I will get you to the pros. What more does he really need to say.
The level of hypocrisy is palpable.
They absolutely have the right to get off his damn field with their weak "injuries" and "not being as good as the guy Saban just recruited".
For some reason, my mind is now changing out Eugene Levy with Nick Saban in the car sales scene from "National Lampoon's Vacation".
Saban: "You didn't order the metallic pea?"
Clark: "Metallic pea? Antarctic blue! The Sports Wagon! This isn't even the right model!"
Saban: "You know, I think you're right. I don't think this is the car. This is the new Wagon Queen Family Truckster - this is a damn fine automobile, if you want my honest opinion, beats the hell out of the Sports Wagon, but I want to make you happy, eh?"
Yeah, I think that's about the level of sincerity we're going for....
"You think you hate it now, wait 'til you drive it."
that what they're doing is for the best.
..Oh, wait. "
Saban just doesn't want his competitors to be able to use his methods.
Is simply an invitation to try out for the team, I would think that player's rights are the last concern of the program.
A truthful Nick Saban undoubtedly said
"I am an advocate of players rights."
Nick just let the reporter fill in the apostrophe.
Indeed, Saban will advocate for his beneficial usage of players rights in the same manner a record company will advocate for its beneficial usage of song rights.
I'm sure Saban means it.
What he didn't say is that they're players until he cuts them.
“I’ve always been an advocate of eating right."- Dahmer
...one went to Kent State, the other is a drop out of a Oiho State University.
We have always been at war with East Asia.
As long as they're better than the players that I have