Alabama head coach Nick Saban has used former players such as Blake Sims, John Parker Wilson and Trent Richardson in recent weeks to help prepare for the likes of Leonard Fournette, Danny Etling and Trevor Knight, and that’s led to some coaches complaining:

Saban had heard enough, and when a caller asked him about it Thursday night, things got a bit heated, per

“Now everybody is complaining that we did it and they want to change the rule,” Saban said. “We didn’t break any rules. If they want to change the rule, they can change the rule. I don’t care what rules they change if it’s the same for everybody. I just wish people would quit complaining about what we do — that’s allowed by the rules — and why don’t they just do it. I hear this all the time. I hear this all the time.”

Saban’s lashing out comes after a rule was passed in 2008 barring head coaches from watching recruits in the spring after it was understood that Saban was legally going out and watching recruits.

But Saban isn’t breaking any rules this time either, per Sporting News:

“A former student at the certifying institution (e.g., former student-athlete) may participate in an organized practice session on an occasional basis, provided the institution does not publicize the participation of the former student at any time before the practice session.”


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