Alabama head coach Nick Saban Shares His Wish For The NCAA’s Transfer Portal
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Dare I say Alabama head coach Nick Saban isn't a big fan of the current transfer portal...
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“I think the portal is fine. I think players ought to have the opportunity to go to other places if they choose to do that,” Saban said, before diving in on his issues with the current system, via 247Sports. “But we also had a rule where they had to sit out for a year if they chose to do that. I think that is something that creates stability for them and it also creates stability for roster management."

“Look at a guy like Mac Jones who showed tremendous resilience here being here for three years…learning and developing and then having a great year, winning the Davey O’Brien and being a Heisman finalist, being a guy who overcame adversity,” Saban said. “If you ask him, that’s going to make him more successful in life.”

“When people can just go wherever they want to go, whenever they want to go, they don’t necessarily have the commitment in what they choose to do in the future. That’s not how things work in life. I’m all for the transfer portal…but the penalty we’ve had for not being immediately eligible, that deters (transferring) to some degree and I think that strikes a good balance.”
(The Spun)
Filed Under: Alabama Sports
Originally published on SECRant.com

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42 Comments
I actually agree with the little man
Reply3 months
Yea I'd love to hear what Larry would prefer but then again it probably wouldn't be coherent.
3 months
I agree with him. The 1 year sit out rule should come back, but there should be an exception for if the coaching staff you committed to leaves.
Reply3 months
Larry, you should stay away from sports stuff and just keep posting what you are good at, washed up trashy skanks.
Reply3 months
“When people can just go wherever they want to go, whenever they want to go, they don’t necessarily have the commitment in what they choose to do in the future. That’s not how things work in life.” Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban? Shut up Nick.
Reply3 months
Melt
3 months
"I am not going to be the head coach at Alabama." Yeah, great role model for not looking out for yourself and working toward the betterment of an agreed upon contract.
Reply3 months
what's he supposed to say, while still employed by the Dolphins??? "Yes, I'm negotiating now with Bama but if it doesn't work out, I'll still be here"????? No coach can say that, and they all HAVE to lie about it. What if your boss heard you were interviewing for another job but before a deal is finalized. If he asks you about it, what do you say? It sure as hell shouldn't be: "yea, boss, I'm interviewing and want to leave, but it's not finalized yet." What if the deal falls through? You think that's good for you at your current spot? You have to deflect, if asked. And coaches have the media all over them, so they have to fib.
3 months
how about, "no comment"? His quote wasn't him deflecting his employer's question. It was him chastising the media for accurately questioning his potential move.
3 months
Melt
3 months
I agree with him but I also think the same should be said for coaches.
Reply3 months
Coaches contracts have to be bought out.
3 months
I don't think that rule would stand up in court. It doesn't protect the player and in fact harms them. Plus, a scholarship is good for 1 year, and the players rely on the school to renew. Players should be able to decline the option and move on.
Reply3 months
In reality the school doesn’t have the same option. If the institution doesn’t renew for ANY player for ANY reason then their name is “Mud” in recruiting forever
3 months
Lol, the guy that has basically a monopoly on recruiting is talking about balance. Funny stuff
Reply3 months
Lol has this become the talking point about saban? Know he’s a cheater but can never tell you exactly how he’s cheating or why it’s against the rules
3 months
I agree with Nick...
Reply3 months
It does deter players.
Reply3 months
I agree with Saban. Just because he disagrees with the system doesn’t mean he can’t take advantage of the broken rules. If it’s within the rules and the rules are shitty, it’s ok.
Reply3 months
the portal is like free agency... he doesn't like b/c he loses control, and he can't win (NFL) when not in control
Reply3 months
Accept there is no contracts binding the player to the University for "x" amount of time. I'm all for some portal reform. Either have the player sit out one year if it's not before their last year of eligibility. Seems like a fair solution for everyone.
3 months
The way saban dominates recruiting, I don’t think it would be good for anyone to have to recruit against him again after a player develops into a star on your roster.
3 months
Saban talking about roster management and stability??!! What does he know about fair? Another year, another Bama #1 recruiting class and of course, over 25 signees. You also have to wonder how Charger U never gets even a slap on the wrist from SEC or NCAA Gestapo! Screw that bastard and his opinion on what's fair!!
Reply3 months
Haha
3 months
Your tears are salty sweet
3 months
You sound jealous
3 months
Larry I think Nick left some white stuff on your chin...
Reply3 months
As normal he is correct
Reply3 months
I agree with Nick on this for the Portal. I do agree with the Grad Transfer rule for immediate eligibility. Those people have put in the time to earn the right to transfer and have immediate opportunity.
Reply3 months
Saban's not wrong with his assessment in my opinion. I like the idea of sitting out a year or going to a FCS school. Another option would be for a portal transfer student to be able to play immediately at an FCS school if the transfer is NOT in the same conference. Or allow the school to block where the student can transfer to. Grad transfers should be allowed anywhere and immediate play time. They've paid their dues.
Reply3 months
Agreed
Reply3 months
I agree with Coach Saban; choices have consequences. When a student athlete signs a letter of intent, it is a commitment to a valuable scholarship at the associated university. A one year penalty does not seem an unreasonable consequence of essentially defaulting on that commitment unless there are significant changes that alter the conditions of the commitment. For instance, I can see the firing of the head coach who recruited you as being one of those conditions.
Reply3 months
As usual on topics like this he is right
Reply3 months
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