Category Archives: Nick Saban Rules

“Even in the NFL, they have a salary cap.”

Nick Saban’s had enough of this COA bullshit.

“We need to have the same rules in the big five in all leagues,” Saban said. “If we’re going to compete for the championship, and everybody is going to play in the playoff system, then we need to get our rules in alignment so that we are all on a level playing field.

“These things need to be global, otherwise we are going to become a farm system for all of the other leagues.”

“Even in the NFL, they have a salary cap,” Saban said. “When we don’t have a cap that makes it equal for everybody, it really goes against everything we’ve tried to do in the NCAA that we’ve tried to do for parity.”

Oh, mah heaven, Miz Scarlett!  Ah do believe Ah’m feeling a bit lightheaded!

So what do you think Saban wants now – another antitrust lawsuit over price fixing, or a players’ union so college football can legally bargain for a salary cap?  ‘Cause it’s one or the other.

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The most ominous sentence you’ll read today.

Alabama has yet to determine its cost of attendance, Saban said Tuesday.

Jeez… that’s like, in the sixties, waiting to hear how many nuclear warheads the Soviet Union could deploy.  You knew they had the bomb.  You just didn’t know how many they could drop on your ass if they wanted to.

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You know who looks really dumb right now?

Every pundit who put Jacob Coker on a preseason Heisman watch list – in 2014.  Meanwhile, in the real world…

I almost wish Saban had said that just to troll the media.  Who knows, maybe he did.

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Crime stoppers

Fair is fair, so I gotta admit this is the kind of media smarminess I’ve been waiting to see.

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Thursday morning buffet

Ready and steaming…

  • Here’s a look at the post-spring SEC quarterback situation.
  • Georgia’s incoming freshman Trent Thompson “becomes the team’s second biggest defensive lineman the minute he steps on campus.”  Yeah, he’s got a good chance of playing this season.
  • If you can’t get a second chance at Second Chance U, where can you?
  • Florida’s Dante Fowler, Jr., on Todd Gurley: “What gets me about him is how fast he is. He’s a big guy so you would think that he’s slow, but he’s even faster in person than what he looks like on TV. We had a mean defense. We had Sharrif Floyd, Dominique Easley, Matt Elam—three first-round draft picks—and we had a top-five defense in the country. To see what he was doing to us, as a freshman, I was like, man, this guy is going to be something else.” 
  • The New York Times has a great piece on what’s happened to the members of the NFL’s first round draft class of 1990.  It’s sad to see Ben Smith’s story.
  • Nick Saban explains what up-tempo offenses have done to Alabama’s secondary, and how he’s working to fix that.  (It’s been downhill since Jeremy Pruitt left.)
  • Ben Jones talks about his favorite memory at Georgia, Jacob Eason, Mark Richt and more here.
  • It’s insidious, but I fear I’m coming to like Jim McElwain.  Bastard.

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I await the outrage.

Four offseason arrests in Tuscaloosa this spring.

O tempora! O mores! Where are the Herbstreit tweets?  Where is the moaning in the press about Saban losing control?

Instead, what I expect to hear on Finebaum today are complaints about how the police department isn’t supporting ‘Bama football.

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“When you look back on it now, we had a lot of self-inflicted wounds.”

Tony Barnhart is taking his annual schmoozing tour of the SEC.  First stop, Alabama, where he asks what the hell happened against Ohio State.

“We had a good team but we also had a lot of new guys who had never been in that situation before and they relaxed,” said  Kelly. “I felt a change when we got to New Orleans.”

Senior corner back Cyrus Jones was more blunt in his assessment.

“We lost our focus. We had a letdown,” said Jones, an All-SEC performer in 2014. “We underrated the capabilities of our opponent. That’s not who we are.”

Taking an opponent too lightly?  I thought only Mark Richt-coached teams were guilty of that.

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