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While speaking to ESPN's Greg McElroy on Monday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban explained the one thing that concerns him with all this realignment in college football...
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“My biggest concern is competitive balance,” Saban said on the Always College Football podcast. “The NFL—which I was involved in for eight years—every rule they have is to create competitive balance and if they could have every team go 8–8 so at the end of a season every team was playing their last game to get in the playoffs they would be ecstatic. Because how much fan interest does that create?

“We don’t have any guardrails on what we’re doing right now,” he continued. “We have no restrictions on who can do what. Some people are gonna be capable of doing certain things other people aren’t going to be capable. But the bottom line is we’ll lose competitive balance. Which everything we’ve always done in college football is to maintain competitive balance. Same scholarship, everyone had to play by the same rules whether it was recruiting or whatever. Right now that’s not how it is.”
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"balance," says the guy whose team has won 90% of its last 200 games
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He needs to believe that there is competitive balance because then he is reason that Alabama isn't an average football team. If he were to accept that Alabama has structural advantages that he has exploited, it would diminish him as a coach.
3 months
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NIL will affect Saban's reign more than anything and he knows this.
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long reign for a short king.
2 months
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What has Mark Emmett done to earn a paycheck in the last two years? He’s literally said “frick it”, there are no rules, do what you want. Except you, Will Wade, frick you
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Rules for thee, but not for me. What a fcukin slim ball dirtbag
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While his words are correct coming from him it is a joke. He has a competitive advantage over everyone.
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As with everything Saban says, all of the people knocking him now will eventually have to admit he is correct.
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BS. He only cares about what allows Bama to cakewalk to the CFP. Realignment means jack shite in the grand scheme of things. It needs to be done for travel purposes for schools and fans. That’s it. Rivalries will take care of themselves.
2 months
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People tend to remember the things in his favor and ignore his bad takes. Remember when Saban predicted no huddle offenses would cause more injuries, then after failing to get it banned, used it himself. That either means he was fos, or a cold blooded sob willing to risk his players lives.
2 months
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"Same scholarship, everyone had to play by the same rules whether it was recruiting or whatever".

didn't the NCAA create the "bump" rule because saban would just happen to "bump" into a HS player, on their HS campus" during the dead period?
2 months
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Hypocrisy on Steroids - Game over little nicky!
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I hate pretty much everything going on in college football right now but there is no way the "competitive balance" can be any worse than it is right now.
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If it doesn’t favor Bama, Saban doesn’t like it.
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That's total horshite and you know it
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He was never a fan of the hurry up offenses or the transfer portal. He just adapted and me it work.
2 months
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Like spending 100's of millions on facilities and coaches?
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he is correct you know.
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Correct about what? I didn’t know Alabama and Tulane had the same football budget and NIL opportunities.
3 months
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‘Everyone had to play by the same rules whether it was recruiting or whatever” double standard SABAN lol! FCUK off!
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I respect coach Saban for everything he has done over his career, but we have to stop asking his opinion about a level playing field and paying players. It’s ridiculous.
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Geez. He will retire at the e end of this year.
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It's humorous that he points to the NFL as being competitively balanced. I believe we all know how Nick faired when he was in the NFL. He's never wanted competitive balance, he just doesn't want to lose his recruiting edge.
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He's absolutely right. But even more. Once it's only the SEC and the BIGWhatever producing competitive teams, those leagues will end up splintering to create 4 competitive leagues.
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He's absolutely right. But even more. Once it's only the SEC and the BIGWhatever producing competitive teams, those leagues will end up splintering to create 4 competitive leagues.
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Maybe he will encourage a couple DB’s and LB’s to transfer tous this year then!
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Coach of one school says…

Saban is GOAT but nobody cares as Bama has a yuge competitive advantage currently. He don’t want to lose it.
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What did he say after the interview when he thought the mike was off an no phones were around? That will tell you what he really thinks. This? This was all for show.
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Saban laughs all the way to the bank....
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