Leave it to Nick Saban to describe the job of the guy who was named the 2010 Rivals.com Recruiter of the Year, made $350,000 a year as an assistant coach at Washington and is the latest addition to the multitude in Tuscaloosa as “… an intern that helps us some in recruiting”.
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As you might expect, there’s a little extra union-y seasoning in the chafing dishes this morning.
- Not funny, Hutson: “A noodle arm like me, it’s takes quite a bit of effort for a kid from Florida that can run to get it out there,” Mason said. “I try to crow hop and throw it as far as I can so I don’t underthrow him because I’m going to hear it from (offensive coordinator Mike) Bobo if I underthrow him. “
- Nick Saban’s buying another recruiter.
- Vanderbilt is keeping an eye on unionization.
- Spurrier, on his players coming to him with a list of union demands: “Well, the NFL has a players association. They did that to their coaches and their owners. The owners and coaches said, ‘Yeah, OK, we’ll do that.’ They want to play, they don’t want anything unrealistic.”
- The Sporting News gives its list of the ten greatest Georgia players of all time.
- Going to Congress about unionization? Two can play at that game.
- The Tennessee legislature considered a bill that would have required all of Tennessee’s Division I institutions to pay 1% of revenue from tickets, merchandise, and broadcast licensing to a Student Athletic Trust Fund run by the state. Shockingly, UT opposed the bill.
- Chase Stuart suggests it may be time for us to take QBR more seriously. (It would be easier for me if ESPN didn’t pimp it relentlessly.)
- You’ve got questions? CAPA’s got answers.
- Predictably, Kevin Scarbinsky thinks an Alabama-Auburn playoff rematch would blot out the sun.
Auburn has bumped its salary pool for its nine assistant football coaches by nearly $1 million. Four assistants will make at least a half million dollars a year and no assistant will be paid less than $325,000, and yet…
The Tigers inched closer to Alabama’s figures ($4.463 million) with the latest raises, though the Tide have yet to release updated figures following the season and the arrival of assistant Lane Kiffin.
Nussmeier’s base salary last year was $680,000. Junior should be well north of that number.
Maybe Auburn can catch up with another SEC title.
In a world of college athletics that denies student-athletes access to representation and information so that they could make more fully informed decisions – maybe the most important one of their lives at that point in time – it only seems fair that Nick Saban proposes a little restraint of trade as an educational experience.
That it serves to help Nick Saban is merely an unanticipated coincidence, I’m sure.
Alabama’s linebackers seem a lot more sanguine about playing against the HUNH than their head coach is.
I don’t know if there’s enough here to take your mind off this morning’s stupidity, but I’m trying.
- Carvell discusses the one recruiting rule change nearly all coaches support. Makes too much sense for the NCAA, probably.
- Nick Saban says Alabama is still a “pro-style offense type of team.”
- Spring practice starts today. Field Street Forum has a tentative schedule, if you’re interested.
- For obvious reasons, it’ll never happen, but could Vegas do a worse job of picking seeds and eligible teams than the people running college athletics do? (“The committee is a bunch of frauds,” Salmons said. “The way they do this thing makes no sense.”) I don’t see how, and at least we wouldn’t have conflicts of interest to worry about.
- I guess the NFL thinks it isn’t settling things on the field sufficiently. And this is great: “… I’m not a fan of playoff expansion because I think it devalues the 17 weeks of the regular season.” Peter King is a funny man.
- Chris Low’s spring football summary for Georgia isn’t bad (even if it may already be a little dated because of today’s events).
- Ivan Maisel’s puff piece on Jim Delany, however… ugh.
- Nate Silver on the key stat the basketball selection committee relies on: RPI, as I’ve written previously, was “developed in 1981 in the era of the DOS prompt and the Commodore 64.” Hey, the football folks have to be more forward thinking than that, since they’re a completely diff… ah, hell, never mind.
Sooner or later, everybody calls PAWWWLLL.
Kellen Williams was on his way to Birmingham for a job interview Monday when he simply couldn’t take it anymore.
The former Alabama offensive lineman was tuned in to the Paul Finebaum Show and heard multiple callers take shots at Nick Saban for his stance on the now-tabled 10-second proposal. So, Williams did something about it.
Yeah, he gave a half-assed defense of his coach.
“I think he’s just lobbying for the no-huddle offense to be kind of cut out but then again he also game-planned for it,” Williams said. “He knows better than anyone in the country how to stop it…”
That’s the kind of incoherent bullshit we’ve all come to know and love from Finebaum’s audience. Williams fits right in. Maybe he’ll become a regular with Tammy and the rest of ‘em.
See if you can spot the straw man Chris Low builds to better his argument that Nick Saban Will Survive, By Damn.
So regardless of what Saban’s agenda is or isn’t, saying he’s trying to create a competitive advantage for his defense through a rules change is a stretch.
The competitive advantage he has created goes back to the way he has recruited and developed players.
Nobody’s saying Saban’s trying to create a competitive advantage with the 10-second substitution rule proposal. He’s simply trying to keep the one he’s already got – you know, the one Low references in his second sentence. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
But the reality is that Saban’s advantage is hard to construct and expensive to maintain, which is why it’s one that few programs can match. While that makes it worthy of a strong defense on Saban’s part, it also makes it harder to support if others lacking in Alabama’s resources are able to level the playing field on any given Saturday with greater strategic creativity.
Hey, assholes, you think Nick Saban’s got selfishly ulterior motives pushing that 10-second substitution rule? Well, screw you – he’s got proof he doesn’t. His proof is Nick Saban.
“For all of you out there that know what I’m thinking and the fact that I’m trying to create an advantage for the defense, I’m not trying to create an advantage for the defense,” Saban said Wednesday in a meeting with local reporters. “I don’t even think we need an advantage. Why do we need an advantage? If you look at the statistics, we’ve been playing better than most.”
For a guy coming off two losses to teams running HUNH where his defense gave up an average of 40 points per game, that’s pretty damned awesome.