Nick Saban is not happy with many things when it comes to football and recruiting, but it seems he’s especially upset with some new rules that have been proposed by the NCAA in regards to recruiting camps. The NCAA is poised to approve proposed a bylaw titled “Individual Associated With a Recruited Prospective-Athlete,” when the Division I Council meeting begins Wednesday. If passed, it will ban colleges from employing anyone associated with any recruit who might participate in the camp, including coaches.
You can imagine that would make it quite hard for Saban and his staff to get more familiar with high school coaches that have some coveted recruits. So of course, the head coach went off on the rule and why he hates it. Here’s part of his rather lengthy answer via SEC Country:
“I don’t understand the spirit of the rule. I don’t really know why we’re doing it. I really don’t. I think sometimes we pass rules and don’t really understand the consequences, and there’s a lot of unintended consequences, and you think you’re solving one problem, but really in reality you’re going to create 10 more. I think it’s bad for football, I think it’s bad for high school coaches.
“We had a high school coach here the other day, I’m not going to mention any names, and his son’s a prospect and he used to be a college coach. So now he can never go work at a college, can never work a camp, he can’t come speak at clinics. We just had over a thousand coaches here at a clinic and had a great camp, which is the way that I feel we serve the high school coaches and have a chance to give back to them for all that they do in terms of the hard work that they do in developing players, helping us be able to evaluate players, giving us information about their players. I guess we can’t do anything. I really, I don’t get it. I don’t understand it.
“I guess I’m just too old-fashioned. If people didn’t help me when I was coming up as a coach and visit with me, and help me grow and learn as a coach, I would never be in the position that I’m in, or have the success that we’ve been able to have, even when it was just being a position coach. So I guess it’s my respect for the profession and the paranoia that everybody has that somebody’s doing something because a high school coach comes and works your camp is pretty ridiculous, but it is what it is.
“Is that how we’re ending this?”
And there was about another three paragraphs like that of Saban condemning the rule because it doesn’t help him at all and his need to host camps. Looks like the coach will have to find another way to connect with coaches and help them out.