Alabama head coach Nick Saban is one of many voices – including those from Irish Breakdown – who have warned since the start of NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) that it will simply turn into a system where players are bought off to go to school instead of it being something that was intended to benefit current players.
Saban has been sounding the alarm about NIL from the start, and he threw down the gauntlet last night when he took direct aim at his former assistant coach, Jimbo Fishermanwho is the current head coach of Texas A&M.
“We were second in recruiting last year, A&M was first,” Saban said. “A&M bought every player on their team, made a deal for name, image and likeness. We didn’t buy a single player, but I don’t know if we can keep it in the future because more and more people are doing it.”
Saban refers to Texas A&M clinching the No. 1 ranked class which earned the highest grade ever for a class according to 247Sports. Fisher was outraged and self-righteous when called out and said it was nothing more than “hard work” on the part of those staff.
Of course, Saban complains about the NIL deals high school players are landing, and his warnings on the transfer portal seem a bit odd for a coach who has certainly taken advantage of those realities. In that offseason alone, the Crimson Tide landed running back from Georgia Tech Jahmyr GibbsGeorgia wide receiver Jermaine BurtonLouisville wide receiver Tyler HarrelVanderbilt offensive lineman Tyler Steen cornerback LSU Eli Ricks.
The previous year, he landed the former Ohio State wide receiver jameson williams and Tennessee linebacker Henry To’o To’o.
There are two ways of apprehending the somewhat contradictory nature of his words in relation to his actions. On the one hand, it opposes the purchase of players and the single exception for the transfer portal, and on the other hand, it takes full advantage of these systems, in particular the transfer portal and the transfer portal. lack of any form of NCAA enforcement with respect to tampering.
And don’t get me started on his parity comments.
But no matter how you feel about what Saban does versus what he says, the reality is that what he says is right. That’s not how NIL deals should be, and it’s only going to get worse until the NCAA decides to develop enough backbone and hire good enough lawyers to stop it.
He’s not at all wrong about Texas A&M, and he’s not at all wrong that the NIL system has strayed completely from what the spirit of change was supposed to be.
I don’t think anyone outside of College Station actually thinks Texas A&M is about to land the class they took if they couldn’t use the NIL incentives to get there. The Aggies have always been a Top 10 scouting operation since Fisher’s arrival, but the leap from what they’ve done in recent seasons to clinch the highest-ranked class of all time is a huge leap. .
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The NCAA addressed the problem with its ‘guidelines’ earlier this month, but until they actually show they will seek out and punish rule breakers, they are nothing more than a relationship move. public aimed at alleviating their lack of action.
Saban takes advantage of the system, but at least he is one of the few powerful voices constantly opposing it.
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Notre Dame 2023 Class Big Board
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Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2023
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