Tide coach Nick Saban, without speaking specifically about any one player, said Wednesday that the SEC's new 25-signee limit "took some opportunities away from guys that really wanted to come to Alabama." But he didn't have to continue recruiting Tomlinson and Kirven if numbers were the only issue.
Saban saga continues with recruiting.
Which took more "opportunities away from guys that really wanted to come to Alabama" the SEC 25 man cap or St. Saban's Memorial Hospital and St. Saban's Division II roster enhancement plan?
Oh wait, I know. He wasn't "cutting kids en masse because they were worse at football than he hoped they would be" he was "providing them quality experiences at Dvision II North Alabama"
Well I will be able to BOOOOOO his ass when I'm at the game September 1st because I just got 3 tickets , booyea!
Got my pair too!
Every coach could claim caps prevented players from having opportunities to come to his school. Every NFL coach could claim league limits on roster size prevented players from having opportunities to be on an NFL team. The rules are there to protect the sanctity of the competition.
Saban doesn't look at rules as rules. He likes to portray them as unfortunate roadblocks to his goal of assuming advantages no other teams are allowed to have. Then when he wins, he acts as if every coach had the same chance to win as his teams had, and he doesn't mention the scores of extra players he has signed over the years.
I normally wouldn't condone behavior like this, but I would love to see some 5* stud tell Saban he's committed to Alabama only to have him fax his LOI somewhere else on signing day. Stick it to that guy the same way he's stuck it to so many kids.
It kills me how Saban blames it on the new SEC rule on 25 players. Really, Saban? It didn't have anything to do with your recruitment of other (better, healthier) players for this same spot?
I wish someone from the media would really pose some tough questions to Saban, instead of letting him get away with blaming the 25 player rule. This is garbage.
Watch the video. Look at the picture in the article. That kid was destroyed.
Saban is a dick.
Now if we're recruiting aginst the SECs, we can just say that they give u everything to let u commit and then cut you off the team for random reasons.
Hoke doesn't do negative recruiting.
He's not going to change, and the NCAA doesn't give a shit.
This entire issue could be resolved fairly simply if players were able to sign their LOI whenever the offer for enrollment is made. Why make them wait? If this was coupled by a 25 person limit then coaches and players would know "first come first served" when it comes to enrollment. If they were able to sign and accept immediately then teams would have to think twice about offering and players would know the burden of acceptence is on them.
This would also have the side benefit of ending the silly theatrics of signing day ceremonies as players would have to evaluate immediately the quality of the offer they got versus what "might" be coming later. You know...sort of like everything else in life.
I fully agree. However, there is an 'evaluation' period that would need to be observed, or else you will run into another issue. Kids would be given extreme pressure to sign immediately. I'm guessing that if coaches know that a recruit can sign a paper while on campus, they will do anything but hold that player hostage to get them to sign. Essentially, if you allow kids to sign whenever they want, it will change the dynamic of recruiting, but there will always be a level of sleaziness involved.
Agreed. Hey...I have a solution to your scenerio. What if we allowed them to sign whenever they want BUT give them a three day cooling off period whereby they can cancel the agreement without penalty. That would elminate the hostage scenerio you envision cause the player could always change their mind once they got home and cooler heads prevailed.
You know - sort of like virtually every other legal contract we sign in this county today.
I don't know if the NCAA would ever insitute it but I find it funny that many other sports have two signing periods, but football only has one. It may not solve as many problems as the immediate availability to sign you're talking, but it would help both coaches and recruits a ton. But an early signing period is too logical for the NCAA.
Typicaly Saban crap. He'll never leave the SEC because no other conference will let this stuff happens, but according to ESPN he'll be the next Bear Bryant. And in a way that is true, as Bryant was notorious for signing players and sticking them to the bench for 4 years just because he wanted to keep recruits from competitors. In this case, Saban is just sending them off to DII.
Login/reply fail. Ignore me.
Saban also told a reporter that he "knew pretty much exactly what he was getting." So, if he "knew pretty much exactly what he was getting," why did kids not find out until NSD or a week before that there wasn't a scholly for them?
What a joke.
Just further reinforces the myth that Saban is indeed, the devil.