Pay to play: the wrath of Saban

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.

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9 responses to “Pay to play: the wrath of Saban

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Even if agents are banned from campuses, fathers will provide access.

  2. Bryant Denny

    I didn’t know we had a campus extension in South Beach. :)

    I see some recruiting problems tied up in Coach Saban’s rhetoric. This is big talk, but I don’t think we want to be the lone ranger in banning agents from campus.

    I am disappointed in Marcel Dareus. The kid is a dadgum beast and fun to watch. He should know better.

    BD

  3. JC in Powder Springs

    “…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.”

    Isn’t the above statement a bit hypocritical? Colleges don’t pay the players, and this sport brings in multi-millions. Saban gets paid millions too, and likely has an agent or attorney to negotiate his contract(s). It’s okay for virtually everybody to make money on college football, except the guys who actually play!? Of course, if a player wants to be compensated for their efforts, it’s against the rules and there’s essentially no recourse. It’s funny to think we live in a free society/capitalist economy, when we hold players (some of whom could be paid millions) hostage to such a bizarre system that rewards most everyone except the guys we come to watch. End of rant.

    • … Of course, if a player wants to be compensated for their efforts, it’s against the rules and there’s essentially no recourse. It’s funny to think we live in a free society/capitalist economy, when we hold players (some of whom could be paid millions) hostage to such a bizarre system that rewards most everyone except the guys we come to watch.

      Really.

      Who’s stopping the NFL or any other group from starting a pro league for 18-21 year olds?

      • 69Dawg

        Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free. They get them now as juniors and the only reason they don’t go NBA on this thing is it takes a longer time for S&C to prepare them.

        NFL will be no help at all in this and the NCAA can’t have it both ways with the coaches. They can’t forbid off-season contact with the players but expected the coaches to know everything that goes on. I think the Compliance Departments of the AD’s office is going to be a growth industry.

    • JC,
      How much did your college education cost? I for one would have loved to play college sports in return for even a discount for mine. Sure, it may not be as much as they could/should make but they are being compensated.

      • JC in Powder Springs

        I’m just playing devil’s advocate. I have no desire to change the status quo, or even argue the situation at length. Just seems like a lot of hypocrisy for people on the receiving end (coaches, ncaa, colleges) to wag the finger at the unpaid players. Considering the socioeconomic background of a lot of players, I imagine some are desperate for money occasionally. To players, I’m sure the NFL represents dollar signs, not a chance to utilize their college education.

  4. JasonC

    This would work out for Saban when he leaves in a couple of years. He closes the door to all the other NFL teams, but has firsthand knowledge of some of the elite NCAA player. Good thinkin’, Nick.