Alabama's Nick Saban rants against NIL exploitation; 德州A&中号, Jackson State feel his wrath

Saban, who has likened the emergence of NIL deals and the increased use of the transfer portal to free agency, spoke Wednesday night at a conference in Birmingham and took issue with how 德州A&M was able to attain the No. 1 recruiting class in 2022.

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide during warm-ups before taking on the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2022 CFP National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis, 印第安那州.

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide during warm-ups before taking on the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2022 CFP National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis, 印第安那州. (凯文 C. 考克斯/盖蒂图片社)

I know the consequence is going to be difficult for the people who are spending tons of money to get players,” 萨班说, via AL.com. “You read about it, you know who they are. We were second in recruiting last year. 一个&M was first. 一个&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, 图像和肖像.

We didn’t buy one player. Aight? But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future, because more and more people are doing it. It’s tough.

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Jimbo Fisher said in May there had to berules and guardrailswhen it came to NIL, 根据 The Eagle. 他加了 “uniform rules, laws and everything that goes with itshould be in place. He denied, 然而, NIL impacted his players.

Saban accused smaller schools of making big money deals for players. He accused Jackson State of paying a player $ 1 million to come to the school, referencing Travis Hunter flipping his commitment to the school from Florida State. Tigers head coach Deion Sanders denied that notion.

We have a rule right now that said you cannot use name, image and likeness to entice a player to come to your school. 地狱, read about it in the paper,” 萨班说. “我的意思是, Jackson State paid a guy a million dollars last year that was a really good Division I player to come to school. It was in the paper and they bragged about it. Nobody did anything about it.

Saban made clear he has no problem with players being able to make money via NIL deals but had issues with how schools are allegedly exploiting the current system. He said the NCAA can’t enforce their rulesbecause it’s not against the law.

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Nick Saban leads the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Georgia Bulldogs at Lucas Oil Stadium on Jan. 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, 印第安那州.

Nick Saban leads the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Georgia Bulldogs at Lucas Oil Stadium on Jan. 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, 印第安那州. (南卡罗来纳州的黎明斯塔利在四强赛前解释了缺少的国歌)

The legendary college football coach said recruits in Alabama won’t commit to the Crimson Tide unless they match or beat whatever they’re getting from other schools. He said creating and using collectives funded by boosters wasn’t what NIL was supposed to be.

The thing that I fear is at some point in time, they’re just going to say, ‘We’re going to have to pay players. If we start paying players, we’re going to have to eliminate sports,'” Saban added. “This is all bad for college sports. 我的意思是, we probably have 450 人 on scholarship at Alabama, whether they’re women’s tennis players, softball players, golfers, baseball playersnon-revenue sports that have, for years and years and years been able to create a better life for themselves because they’ve been able to get scholarships and participate in college athletics.

That’s what college athletics is supposed to be. It’s not supposed to be something where people come to make money and you make a decision about where you go to school based on how much money you’re going to make. You should make a decision based on where you have the best chance to develop as a person, as a student and as a player, which is what we’ve always tried to major in and we’re going to continue to that. Hopefully there’s enough people out there that will want to do it.

上个星期, 的 NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors approved guidance developed by a group of college administrators clarifying the types of NIL payments and booster involvement that should be considered recruiting violations.

Texas A and M coach Jimbo Fisher yells to the officials during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn Saturday, 十一月. 6, 2021, 在大学城, 德州.

Texas A and M coach Jimbo Fisher yells to the officials during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn Saturday, 十一月. 6, 2021, 在大学城, 德州. (美联社照片/ David J. 菲利普)

“特别, the guidance defines as a booster any third-party entity that promotes an athletics program, assists with recruiting or assists with providing benefits to recruits, enrolled student-athletes or their family members,” the NCAA said. “The definition could include ‘collectives’ set up to funnel name, image and likeness deals to prospective student-athletes or enrolled student-athletes who might be considering transferring.

The new guidance is effective immediately, but the organization neither changed its rules nor created new ones. The NCAA directed enforcement staff to look for possible violations that may have occurred before May 9, 2022, but topursue only those actions that clearly are contrary to the published interim policy, including the most severe violations of recruiting rules or payment for athletics performance.

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