Here’s some more shit that Nick Saban doesn’t have time for:
… Saban, a former coach of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, said it might be time to ban NFL teams from college campuses in order to get the league to take seriously the issue of agents boldly breaking NCAA regulations. Alabama is considered one of the more welcoming schools to NFL scouts, who may come watch video at almost any time.
But Saban says it might now be time for a change.
“What the NFL Players Association and the NFL need to do is if any agent breaks a rule and causes ineligibility for a player, they should suspend his [agent's] license for a year or two,” Saban said. “I’m about ready for college football to say, ‘Let’s just throw the NFL out. Don’t let them evaluate players. Don’t let them talk to players. Let them do it at the combine.’ If they are not going to help us, why should we help them?”
To which I say, preach on, brother.
As I tweeted the other day, one positive to having a control freak as a head coach is that threats to that control from agents aren’t going to be tolerated. And Saban is right to point out that it will take involvement from the NFL and NFLPA to rein in agent misbehavior.
Two possible flies in the ointment: (1) for every Nick Saban/Urban Meyer out there, there’s also a Pete Carroll and unless college football presents a united front, Saban’s line in the sand will quickly be erased; and (2) it’s going to take a strong sales job to explain to some recruits why a particular program is restricting the access of a potential future employer.
The painful reality here is that the NFL is having its cake and eating it too right now. It’s got a terrific player development system in place for which it doesn’t pay a dime. And agents contacting high level college players doesn’t affect that one bit. It remains to be seen whether somebody like Saban can change that.