By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
Alabama coach Nick Saban says reporters for recruiting services should be held accountable for passing incorrect — and possibly damaging — information to potential Crimson Tide recruits.
Saban’s complaint, given a voice in Ian Rapoport’s blog for the Birmingham News, comes in the wake of NCAA sanctions against Alabama. The Crimson Tide didn’t lose any future scholarships on June 11, when the NCAA placed the school on three years’ probation, forced the football team to vacate 21 victories and fined them. The school is trying to win an appeal against the NCAA.
The Alabama coach, however, says that reporters for recruiting services — ones that Saban hint have an allegiance for teams Alabama recruits against — are spreading misinformation about the NCAA sanctions and that it’s designed to hurt Crimson Tide recruiting. Moreover, Saban seems to imply, the damaging information is being laundered by coaches through the recruiting services.
But Saban didn’t specify any recruiting service, however, nor did he cite a specific example.