“This is a rare instance where Alabama is not at an advantage anymore.”

Compare these two stories about how Nick Saban and Kirby Smart are coping with the early signing period.  Is it just me, or does Kirby come off sounding like he’s the one doing the better job of handling the situation?

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22 responses to ““This is a rare instance where Alabama is not at an advantage anymore.”

  1. Jim

    We’ll see what happens the next few weeks but it sure feels to me like the pupil is becoming the teacher. I can’t believe I just said that and every time I think the Alabama regime may be coming to an end they curb stomp someone to prove me wrong but dang we’ve got a lot of mo right now

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  2. No Axe To Grind

    Moral of the story: Never count Saban out.

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    • Jared S.

      Uh, yeah. I think Saban’s evident angst is mostly an act. When I see him crying about the ESP all I can think is, “The lady doth protest too much.”

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    • dawgtired

      True that. Just because Saban has to play on a more level field doesn’t mean he will not continue to succeed. But anything that irritates Saban, tickles me.

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  3. Jeff Sanchez

    I remember when this was decided that it was going to hurt Bama and other schools who gave out offers like Halloween candy (only to be rescinded in January)

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    • Aubrey E walker

      That is what he’s worried about . All those offers out there and not all or committable. Now when they tried. All those offers out there and not all or compatible. Now when they Try to commit and our total their offer is not committable that’s when you know what is the Westinghouse. Just my opinion

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  4. I only like it to the extent that we have captain savvy energy and appear to be taking advantage while others struggle. Nonetheless, I am still searching for who this benefits…… a kid who wants to shut down his recruiting can do that without a piece of paper. All we’re doing now is stuffing every major job duty (recruiting, mini spring practice format, regular game planning for the biggest game(s) in 37 years, and travel & logistics all smack dab in the middle of the Christmas season. Seems unnecessary. If a kid wants to be relieved of the stress he and his parents can shut it down and keep their word to a school.

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    • The other Doug

      Under the old system the kid could shut it down and keep his word only to find out later his offer wasn’t real.

      Now he can attempt to sign in December, and if that doesn’t work out he has until February to find a new team.

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    • ….a kid who wants to shut down his recruiting can do that without a piece of paper….

      …If a kid wants to be relieved of the stress he and his parents can shut it down and keep their word to a school.

      The kid that shuts down his recruiting under the belief he has a legit offer in hand will know for sure whether he truly does when the school he’s been committed to for months doesn’t send him an LOI to sign.

      The flip side of that is the coaches will also know for sure whether a player is truly committed to them or not when they send that LOI and the kid chooses to wait for something better to come along.

      There’s going to be a lot of hurt feelings on both sides at the end of this week, but I generally think it’s good thing for kids to know in December whether they truly have an offer and have two full months to scramble rather than get the shaft sometime in mid-January and have to find a landing spot in less than 3 weeks. Anything that takes back some of that leverage from the schools and gives it to the kids is a good thing in my book.

      The only way this will ever truly be perfect is to just get rid of this stupid concept of signing day and simply make an offer fully committable and binding as soon as it a school offers it.

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  5. Saban can’t sit back and poach 5-stars from other programs after the dust has settled from his always busy bowl season. Breaks my heart.

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  6. Jared S.

    Bet anyone here a sawbuck that Saban still finishes with the #1 class for 2018.

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    • The R.E.C. will make sure of that.

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    • The other Doug

      I bet he won’t.

      If the elite kids sign where they say they are signing tomorrow, there won’t be enough left for Bama to sign in order to be #1.

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      • Jared S.

        I haven’t seen that analysis.

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      • Macallanlover

        True, he can improve into the Top 5 but it would take some wild stuff flying this week for him to get to Top 3. Some major shifts would have to occur with ohio and UGA losing some solid commits. Even with us at #3 and looking to land some big fish, we cannot catch ohio unless they take a big hit. Bama us getting past us, but we have both come a long way since summer. Satan will be fine, but he isn’t winning this battle. Not that class rankings are the key measurable, getting the right positions shored up with quality players is just great to me.

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    • lakedawg

      Agree, they have moved up to #7 already in rankings and are a few players short of the schools above him.

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    • The other Doug

      Last year Bama signed 7 5 stars and currently they have 0. This year there are 26 5 stars total, so it’s gonna be tough for Bama to get enough elite talent if too many kids sign tomorrow with other schools.

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  7. AceDawg

    Saban despite being the legend he is still has to feel the grind catch up to him a bit each year. NCAAF tis’ no country for old men even if this old man in particular helped make it what it is.

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    • DoubleDawg1318

      That’s what I was going to say. I think Kirby has more energy to handle a very demanding December than does Saban because Nick has 20 years on Kirby.

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  8. DoubleDawg1318

    At 9:31 on 12-20 Bama is sitting at #5 and we are at #4 on 247. Nick appears to be doing alright.

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