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Former Alabama head coach Nick Saban recently spoke with ESPN's Chris Low about ways he might stay involved in College Football to bring "meaningful change" to a sport that has drastically changed in his eye.
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"If my voice can bring about some meaningful change, I want to help any way I can, because I love the players, and I love college football," Saban told ESPN. "What we have now is not college football -- not college football as we know it. You hear somebody use the word 'student-athlete.' That doesn't exist."

"I'm not really looking for a job, but I do know I'd like to impact college football the best way I can, whether it's being a spokesperson or anything else," Saban said. "Listen, I'm for the players. It's not that I'm not for the players. I want to see the players have a great quality of life and be able to create value for themselves. But we've gone to nobody talking about education, nobody talking about creating value for their future, to talking only about how much money can I make while I'm in college.

"I think the consequence of this could come down the road when some of these guys get 28 and 29 years old that maybe they didn't prepare themselves for when they can't play football anymore, which is what you should do when you go to college."
Saban's biggest concerns with college football stem from Name, Image and likeness (NIL).
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"But what you have now isn't name, image and likeness. A collective has nothing to do with name, image and likeness," Saban said.

"People can give money to the university again and get a tax deduction for doing it, and the university in some kind of way shares, whether it's share revenue, whether it's buying marketing rights, which is a possibility," Saban suggested. "You can buy somebody's marketing rights as an institution, and I don't want to say cap because that sounds like a salary cap, but find a way for schools to invest the same amount of money in players, just like everybody can invest the same amount in a scholarship. This becomes a part of the scholarship."

And while Saban wants to see players get their share of the financial pie, he said the only way any of this works is if there's also a commitment on the players' side.

"Just like an NFL player has a contract or a coach has a contract, something in place so you don't have all this raiding of rosters and mass movement," he said. "I wonder what fans are going to say when they don't even know the team from year to year because there's no development of teams, just bringing in new players every year."
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Tiger in Texas2 months
Well, Saban is right, but let's not pretend he didn't benefit greatly from pre-NIL shenanigans...
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TDFreak2 months
Part of the reason the sport got wrecked, and then he hollers, as he’s walking out the door, “the sport got wrecked!” Get outta here old man.
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billyjackag2 months
When Alabama isn't one of only a few schools that can buy players and not be investigated by the NCAA then it's no longer fair.
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ForeverGator2 months
So what was it before NIL with Bama’s bag men? Saban trying to be righteous is downright hilarious.
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Old Money2 months
Save our sport, GOAT
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OGTiger2 months
He’s absolutely right. This is the EXACT reason I stopped watching the NFL a long time ago. Free agency ruined the sport for me.
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jbird72 months
He’s right you know.
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imjustafatkid2 months
As always, he's correct.
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Rex Feral2 months
He's right, but the coaches aren't any better
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thatthang2 months
What a pointless and irrelevant post. This isn’t about coaches, who by every measure meet the definition of an “employee” and are therefore bound by all the typical responsibilities associated with being an employee in this country. The discussion here is related to the players, who are now payed like employees but not bound by reasonable contracts.
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