Alabama head coach Nick Saban is no fan of how the NIL opportunities have changed the nature of recruiting in college football.
Now that Name, Image and Like earnings are allowed in college football, the recruiting game has changed.
For Nick Saban, that’s not welcome.
Alabama Head Coach told ESPN that he disagrees with NIL being the focus of recruitment.
Nick Saban doesn’t like recruiting and NIL intertwined
“When we started using names, pictures, and likenesses for a kid coming to our school, that’s where I drew the line. Because that’s not why we’re doing this,” he said.
Saban worries about money becoming the driving force behind rookie decision-making. He insists that hasn’t been the case before, even if it’s believed that under-table payouts have cornered players into specific programs so far.
“We never cheated to get a player. He say. “And now that is actually happening. People are making deals with high school players to get to their schools.”
Whatever Saban says, the reality is that hiring is always changing. Players once committed for a reason. Now they commit to something else. Schools must be flexible and figure out the best way to reach the current generation of young players.
In the past, that meant convincing them that a place like Alabama was their best route to securing future earnings in the NFL or elsewhere. The income conversation has just gotten a little more current.
For what it’s worth, Saban and his crew have done a great job navigating these new seas. Crimson Tide held recruiting class #2 on Signing Day, so that doesn’t mean they’re hurting talent.
https://fansided.com/2022/02/02/nick-saban-goes-off-nil-influence-never-cheated-get-recruit/ ‘We never cheat to get hired’