Nick Saban: Texas A&M ‘bought every player’ in No. 1 recruiting class, Alabama ‘didn’t buy one’

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    Alabama head coach Nick Saban is asked about the NCAA's name, image and likeness rules during an event in Birmingham for The World Games 2022.

Timothy Zelazo
Timothy Zelazo

The problem happened a long time ago when they started paying coaches more than the college president.

Brian Settles
Brian Settles

I'm so glad that he FINALLY showed his true self for everyone to see not behind closed doors like ALABAMA has been doing for a decade.

BlackDog MikeJones
BlackDog MikeJones

Long as they sign with Bama it’s not a problem

Jeremi
Jeremi

Nick Saban saying that Bama never bought a player is like Bill Clinton saying "I did not have sexual relations with that woman!" LOL

Tylin Young
Tylin Young

How dare those players who bring the school’s hundreds of millions of dollars ask what’s in it for them! Shame on them!

C Money
C Money

Saban: College athletics is not meant to make athletes money. Just me.

Jake Padgett
Jake Padgett

I love saban but watching him sit there and tell everyone that bama didnt pay 1 single player with a straight face is ridiculously pathetic. Hes taking us as fools. To willingly offer up lies when nobody was asking questions is bold and narcissistic.

donlee37
donlee37

"College athletics should not be a place you go to make money" Says the guy making millions a year off of them while they played for free. In reality all the top schools "bought" their players, even if it was through it third party.

Ephriam Price
Ephriam Price

This can go both ways: for the last 10 years or so Bama & UGA have been signing 5 to 7 5* recruits every year when their main competition Ohio ST, Clemson, Texas A&M, LSU & others were only signing 3 to 4 per year. NIL has somewhat leveled the playing field for Bama & UGA 's competition. Also it's well documented that Bama tried to encorouge LSU WR Kayshon Boutte with NIL money to enter the transfer portal

Raisedon2pac
Raisedon2pac

Thank you Nick, you just opened up a way for Bama to get investigated for giving players money and cars before the NIL. YOU F'D UP 🤣🤣🤣

lastofthefinest
lastofthefinest

Let me say first, I love coach Saban. My thing about paying players is that after most players finish their college careers at their perspective schools, they have nothing to show for it but maybe a college degree. In today's world, people don't care that someone is a college graduate other than a college graduate and their families. I take pride that I am a college graduate. I attended the University of Alabama, Jacksonville State University, and graduated from Troy University. It took me awhile because I was still serving in the military during the War on Terror and kept getting deployed. I served in the Marine Corps and Army for 10 years collectively and I'm now a disabled OEF, so I know the life of a struggling college student. I was the first person in my family to graduate high school and college. I've personally seen the effects on a player after having a great college playing career then turning to drugs and crime. I believe at one time in their lives, they did not intend for things to turn out that way and they once had hopes and aspirations like every college player that is fortunate enough to play at the NFL level. After football, there is nothing for some of them to keep their hopes up and they sank like a stone. A prime example was Gene Jelks. I was working at Big Lots in Fort Payne and they sent me to Gadsden one night to get a mattress because we were out of stock of a particular type. I get there and I see this man behind the cash register freaking out because he didn't know how to work the cash register and ring up the line of people that was out of the door because he just started. I told him I worked in the Fort Payne store and he said, "God sent you"! and welcomed me to come and help. After it was over and the line was down, he asked if he could buy me lunch or do something for me. I said, "No, that's okay. I'm just glad I could help". I had no idea I was talking to my childhood idol when I was playing football. The next day at work, they were laughing and joking about this guy who was a stand out player at the University of Alabama that worked at the Gadsden store. I asked who he was and they told me it was Gene Jelks. I couldn't believe it. I told my boss about what happened and that I had no idea who he was and the next day, she brought be a present because it was Christmas time. It was a picture frame Gene wrapped up with a card inside with his number and autograph and big Roll Tide. He was in Gadsden because he left his playing career in Canada to take care of his sick mother. The point of the story is this: not everyone can literally afford to live a decent life after college football or even if you graduate college. Even with a college degree these days, there is no guarantee of a good job. I know many college graduates working at McDonald's. If you don't come from money, there is a very slim chance you are going to have a decent life in this country. I'm currently a teacher and have a great life. Universities and coaches make millions of dollars and absurd amounts of money off these young guys and tuition rates only go up every year. Let them leave the joy they have given us for years with something to show for it. A lot of these guys are going to have medical issues and probably deal with CTE one day and will have no way to pay for medical care. Who is going to pay for it? I have always noticed the wealthy in high positions always throw the first stones when something is going to benefit a subordinate because they are afraid of losing their power in some way or think it's going to hurt them in some form or fashion. I'm sure greedy schools are worried about losing money also but think of it as an investment. I know one thing about being poor because I grew up poor. Poverty breeds crime and it makes people make stupid decisions. That's just a fact no matter how you look at this situation. Give them some money! We are the richest country in the world with the highest rate of homelessness. Nothing against Coach Saban, but we need to start helping more people in this country. Roll Tide!

biron caldwell
biron caldwell

Saban has lost some key recruits that earned more signing elsewhere. He's telling Alabama boosters to Pony up the cash 💰

James Smith
James Smith

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Ethan Larsen
Ethan Larsen

I think the future of college football could be divided by universities that entice players to come to their school and universities more focused on recruiting kids with the brightest futures and potential. College football is at a cross roads right now, and it will get worse unless some sort of action is taken.

James Sullivan
James Sullivan

I've always wondered how he was able to keep so many good players on roster that bolsters the best in the country. With the transfer Portal, it offers more incentive for these players to consider leaving Bama after one year, instead of playing in the shadow of other players.

Sonia’s Way
Sonia’s Way

Is nicc Saban serious they’ve literally been the best team every freaking year since I was like 8 every time I thought Arkansas had a chance here comes Alabama with the superteam

SC W
SC W

Yet he "ask" boosters to "sponsor" players or whatever you want to call it......you can't make this ish up! 😂

Jordan Madden
Jordan Madden

If NIL remains unregulated/unenforced, it will ultimately lead to a less entertaining college football experience. That will lead to less NIL money being distributed. Players should definitely be able to make money off of their name image and likeness but if they don’t regulate against some of these issues it’s going to be less optimal for players in the long run than it could be.

Mark Sanders
Mark Sanders

When Saban got the LSU job he split Michigan State on a dime. Coaches have no problem recruiting a player and then leaving for another job if they think it’s a better opportunity. It is un-American to not allow players to do the same if they think it’s in their best interest. Saban needs to get off of his high horse. A total hypocrite

AB the HERO!
AB the HERO!

Imagine if he talked about cutting his salary to keep sport teams at Alabama.

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