Nick Saban wants you to know he’s okay with the transfer portal, except when he’s not.
“If we’re going to have a transfer portal that’s good for the players, then we ought to have a rule that says regardless of what happens when you transfer, you have to sit out a year,” Saban said. “That’s how it’s been for years and years and years. All right. And now we have, I don’t know — at one point in time there was 65 waivers that were given. So everybody’s expectation is I can transfer and get a waiver. And I don’t think that’s a good thing.
“So, we make commitments to players for four years. They make commitments to us to be in our program. It may not work out for everybody, and they may have a better opportunity someplace else, but if they have to sit out for a year, it would be a consequence for them in terms of their commitment.”
There’s an “All right” in there, so you know he’s serious, but, really, arguing that making the players sit out for a year is somehow for their own good while in the same breath labeling the delay a consequence for them makes for some Olympic-level mental gymnastics. Even more so coming from the guy who mastered the art of roster management a decade ago.
The sad thing is there’s a valid point to be made about the waiver process being too subjective, leading some kids to overestimate their prospects. It’s just that Saban’s so focused on how he’s personally inconvenienced he plows right over it. Color me shocked, shocked by that. The only real commitment Nick Saban believes in is the commitment to Nick Saban.