Nick Saban admits he was wrong to single out Texas A&M and Jackson State – ProFootballTalk

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The proliferation of name, image and likeness money is causing chaos for college football. Which caused chaos between Alabama coach Nick Saban and a pair of his colleagues.

A day after Saban singled out Texas A&M and Jackson State, prompting strong reactions from Jimbo Fisher and Deion Sanders, respectively, Saban said he was wrong to single them out by suggesting they bought players with money. NIL money.

“I should have been more specific when I said ‘bought’ saying you can buy players now by name, image and likeness and never mention a specific school and just say ‘all sport ‘” Saban said. “It’s on me. But other than that, I have no regrets about what I said on Wednesday.

Saban claims he’s speaking out because he doesn’t want to take the approach if you can’t beat them.

“I don’t want to go down this road of bidding for players out of high school,” Saban said. “I don’t know. But if we go through this recruiting class this year and we lose all the players, because they’re making a hundred thousand dollars somewhere else, then what can you do?”

But if he could do it, wouldn’t he be doing it already? This idea of ​​Saban complaining about the rules before exploiting them continues to seem naïve. He would simply exploit them, if he could. He complains because he can’t.

“It’s not professional sport,” Saban said. “I mean, we have free agency and no salary cap. That’s basically what we have, isn’t it? There’s no pro league that has that circumstance because none of them are dumb enough to have it, and that’s what we have.

That’s what you got, Nick, because that’s what you deserve. Decades of player exploitation have wreaked havoc. Now you and all the other coaches have to deal with it.

If you don’t like it, get out. You can do this, thanks to all the money you’ve earned in the years when players haven’t had any.

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