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  • Writer's pictureKevin Scarbinsky

Nick Saban sounds like a man with Georgia on his mind

Nick Saban has asked the question for years. Each time, his tone made no bones about his disgust with the game-changing subject at hand, from the hurry-up, no-huddle offense to pay-for-play deals disguised as NIL benefits.

He finally may have answered his own question in the affirmative.

What does the greatest college football coach of all time want college football to be? Professional football, apparently.

Is there any other way to interpret the glowing comments the Alabama coach made at the SEC spring meeting about the National Football League's relentless pursuit of parity and a level playing field? Saban suggested that college football would be better off with an NFL-like salary cap and players' union rather than the current jumbled assortment of NIL state laws and the NCAA's see-no-evil approach to tampering.

"We have some schools in some states that are investing a lot more money in terms of managing their roster," Saban said. Unlike last year, when he leveled a similar accusation in a more strident way at Texas A&M, he refrained from naming those investors and igniting a verbal firefight.

"This is going to create a real competitive disadvantage for some in the future," Saban said. "That's not good for the sport. You think there's disparity in college football now? There's going to be a lot more in the future."

Nick Saban, NFL cheerleader, fan of .500 records all around, is not a development I had on my 2023 bingo card. ...

Read the rest of Kevin's theory that Saban's concern has everything to do with the monster program Kirby Smart has built in Athens. Only in the Lede.

Alabama coach Nick Saban had a lot to say about college football's present and future at the 2023 SEC spring meeting.


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