For gosh sakes, puh-leeze don’t throw Nick Saban in that briar patch, SEC!
Nick Saban remains against allowing graduate transfers to maneuver within the SEC without having to sit out a season.
But if SEC coaches want to change the league bylaws to allow grad transfers to move to another league school and play immediately, he figures Alabama will benefit more than most.
In other words, it’s a win-win for Saban. He either gets what he wants, or the policy will change in a way he thinks will benefit the Crimson Tide.
Saban believes changing the rule will create “free agency” within the league.
“If we allow that to happen within the league, I think it will benefit some schools more than others,” Saban said, “and I think we’re one of the schools that it would benefit. But I still am not for it.”
Right. Funny how his ex-coaches don’t share his point of view.
Alabama finds itself in a similar situation this year. It is blocking offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy, a graduate transfer, from going to another school within the SEC. Kennedy, who has three years of eligibility remaining, reportedly would be interested in Tennessee or Auburn if he wasn’t blocked.
“There was a lot of silence in the room last year when (the amendment) was proposed,” said Smart, who is in favor of amending the rule. “And now all of a sudden, it’s got maybe a little more steam.”
Asked whether it’s fair that another SEC school would reap the benefits of a graduate transfer after the school he’s departing put in all the legwork to develop the player, Smart quipped that it’s no different from an assistant coach leaving to become a head coach at another school.
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt and Vols athletic director Phillip Fulmer have said they think graduate transfers maneuvering within the league should be free to play immediately.
If you’ve got the most talent, you’ve got the most talent to lose.