Nick Saban might have some explaining to do. GOAT is rightly concerned about some developments in college football that it believes are not good for the future of the game.
He spoke to Paul Feinbaum about those concerns and his choice of words sparked a backlash.
One response noted that the current Alabama Crimson Tide winning streaks over other SEC teams show the word par is incorrect.
Former Alabama assistant and Ole Miss head coach, Lynne Kevin also shared a sweet reprimand.
Nick Saban is human and has the right to make a mistake and not be ashamed of it. His concerns about college football are honest. He clearly thinks that the unrestricted NIL deals used to recruit players will hurt the game he loves. Nick Saban is also convinced that almost free agency is “no rules,” with fewer restrictions than those held by the NFL, making programs less equal in roster building.
Just because Saban and Alabama quickly mastered the new transportation terrain doesn’t mean that Saban believes it is properly organized.
Many Alabama football fans agree with Saban on these issues. So do the fans, coaches, and administrators from many other schools. The NCAA has failed all of its college football games and the result has been unrelated use of NIL deals and massive roster fluctuations through the transfer portal.
Nick Saban has a point
Like most people, Nick Saban does not strive for equal results. What he seeks is some balance that restores a greater degree of roster stability to the teams. In addition, it is believed that the use of NIL to compensate athletes should not be associated with recruitment.
Nick Saban is not wrong. He simply chose an incorrect word to explain his concerns.
Going back to Bratton’s tweet above, it’s misleading to suggest that a winning streak like 15 games over Tennessee indicates unfairness. The Tennessee program has not lost to Crimson Tide 15 times in a row due to the disparity in resources. He lost out for so long because while Crimson Tide successfully managed and maximized his program, Vols was a case study of doing things wrong.
One negative approach to what Saban said is accurate. It is historically true that college football has never had a par. But this history does not mean that no issue should ever be held accountable to the standard of the best in college football. Had the NCAA done more than that (some say any), the game wouldn’t have seen the turmoil today.
It will be interesting to see how well Nick Saban clarifies the valence comment. Perhaps I should have used just a better word explanation, it would suffice.