REACTION: Nick Saban “happy” to offer four-year football scholarships
Nick Saban has two BCS titles at Bama (AP)
Nick Saban created a national stir in recruiting circles this week when he said Alabama was going to offer four-year football scholarships, adding “and we’re happy to do it.”
You can read the story by TideSports.com’s Cecil Hurt by clicking here.
Saban also said that “We don’t cut players. I don’t know anyone who does. So I don’t think that’s an issue … The player will still have to be academically eligible. He will still have to obey team rules and regulations. And the player is still going to have the same rights and the same appeals process that he has now.”
Here was some of the reaction (some serious, some funny) to Saban’s public declaration from the Twitterverse and around the Internet:
- Oversigning.com on Twitter: “The bottom line is that Saban was against the 4-year scholarships and is only giving them out because he has to in order to not lose recruits.”
- AJC’s Jeff Schultz on Twitter: “Nick Saban guaranteeing four-year scholarships means only 1 thing: He’ll be back in the NFL in 2 years.”
- AuburnSports.com’s Justin Hokanson on Twitter: “Nick Saban now to offer four-year schollies. Days after ‘Bama commit visits [Auburn], says he prefers [Auburn] philosophy of giving four-year schollies.”
- MrSEC.com’s John Pennington: “Other coaches have been outspoken against the multi-year scholarship idea. Tennessee’s Derek Dooley voiced concerns last week. South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier called the idea a bad one last year at SEC Media Days. Overall, four schools — Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M — voted to override the multi-year scholarship rule but they were ultimately voted down … Now those coaches and schools will have to offer four-year deals or else fall behind in recruiting to schools that do offer such pacts. So whether Saban, Dooley, Spurrier and others really like the rule or not… they’ll all soon be buying in and abiding by it. Saban’s just the first to say so.”
- CBSSports.com’s Jerry Hinnen: “Saban is entirely correct that just because School X has committed its four-year promise in writing doesn’t mean Player Y is going to be able to skate through four years of school without worrying about the consequences. (He’s also right that this could conceivably lead to some legal appeals here and there.) But given the ease with which schools have dismissed players on one-year scholarships in the past — it’s surprising to hear Saban say he “doesn’t know anyone” who cuts players, given that SEC West rival Bobby Petrino declined to renew the scholarships of five different players just last year — we disagree that nothing has changed.”
- CapstoneReport.com: “There is a long list of rules and plans to unseat Nick Saban as the king of college football recruiting. Have any of those plans slowed Saban down? Remember the Saban Rule? He just used technology to get more face time with recruits. The sad thing is that a four-year scholarship won’t hurt established programs like Alabama. This four-year plan will harm teams with the greatest need to do roster management, ie: teams not named Alabama and LSU … These plans only serve to make coaches like Nick Saban more valuable. Saban is his own brand with enormous name recognition among recruits. Recruits know that Saban is a path to the NFL—for confirmation just look at the NFL draft. Saban has stockpiled some of the best talent in the nation and separated himself by winning three BCS crowns. He works harder, and more importantly, smarter than his rivals.”
- EveryDayShouldBeSaturday.com on Twitter: “Nick Saban never said he wasn’t counting those four year scholarships in dog years. #genius #ROLLTIDE”
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