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.