The Saban Rule still rules.

I had to read this twice to make sure I wasn’t missing something.

… So the SEC in 2008 passed a rule forbidding head coaches from evaluating players off campus during the spring. It was designed as an airtight way to ensure all bumps are created equal.

Bumps became extinct.

Saban has been calling for change ever since. His time as an NFL assistant and head coach trained him to always seek ways to improve his program’s position.

He believes first-hand evaluation of players enhances recruiting efficiency. And he’s not about to let the SEC remove that tool without a fight.

His goal at the SEC spring meetings this week was to forge a compromise. Saban, who chaired the coaches’ committee meeting, suggested that head coaches be granted full access to players during the spring.

Bumps would become permissible. So would extended, in-person conversations. It would become a standard evaluation period, free of all scrutiny and interpretation.

So in Nick Saban’s world, total capitulation equals compromise.

I realize that any ‘Bama fan reading this is probably thinking “what’s your point, dude?”, but I find Saban’s approach here kinda ballsy, considering that he’s trying to win over fellow coaches and conference officials who voted for the Rule to his side, not boot licking sycophants like Paul Finebaum.

It didn’t work, by the way.


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9 responses to “The Saban Rule still rules.

  1. My guess would be that he was doing what everyone does in negotiations: ask for more than you want hoping to settle closer to what you intended in the first place. This wasn’t a bill he put forward for a simple yea or nay vote. It was a discussion started to find a solution, just like with the cowbell situation earlier in the week.

    Or alternatively, like Michael Jordan is (and about fifty others are) credited with saying, “You miss on one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.” He wants to recruit in the spring, and he currently can’t. If he doesn’t try to get that changed, it never will. He’ll try it again next spring when there are more new coaches in the league, and he’ll try again the year after, until he either is no longer coaching at Alabama or he finds the right combination of coaches to agree with him.

    In any case, as a Bama fan I don’t object to it being called ballsy. I think that’s a pretty good quality in a coach. Choosing to fail rather than trying something that will likely fail is best left to those who would rather whine about someone else’s success than earn their own.


    • What I liked best about the “compromise” is that he wasn’t satisfied with merely asking for the status quo to be restored. He went for the full monty.


      • Aligator

        kind of like him crying about getting all of the teams after their week off? no one feels sorry for the tide or uf at all these days so saben needs to shut the eff up and play ball.

        by the way, when the psychosis over him gets out of hand in a year or so, he will ditch you like the ugly girl at the prom …. then you ass-clowns will freak for sure in your hounds tooth hats!


      • Hogbody Spradlin

        Saban in the full monty. Please, I’m eating breakfast.


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  3. Bryant Denny

    What I would find interesting is this: which coaches and/or ADs (I’ll leave presidents out of this) agree with Coach Saban?

    I haven’t read anything about this other than your post, but it would seem to me that coaches opposed to Saban would identify themselves as somewhat “lazy.” Perhaps Saban is trying to get them on record. 🙂

    I would guess that Meyer, Miles, Chizik, Mullen and Richt would be with Saban on this.

    Have a good day,



  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    I think maybe Jay Tate calls it a compromise, not Saban. Saban doesn’t care what its called.