TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Even though it was just the first day of spring practices for the Alabama football team, coach Nick Saban already was in regular-season form on Tuesday.
During his post-practice press conference Saban went on a mini-rant about an NCAA rule change that appears to be in the works.
However, what set him down that verbal path was a question about if hiring former new England Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll signaled a move to wanting a more ball-control mentality. Saban took exception, wondering if the reporter had dreamed about it because he had never say anything about it publicly.
“There was nothing … we didn’t block them, we didn’t execute very well. We didn’t throw the ball accurately when we had open people and a couple of times we dropped it,” Saban said about the National Championship Game against Clemson. “I think it was more a lack of execution than something schematically that we were doing as coaches.”
But Saban was just getting started.
“Philosophically, I don’t know where you came up with we’re going to go with ball control,” he continued. “It’s not what we do. I mean the New England Patriots threw the ball over 60 percent of the time, which his more than we threw it. So where does that assumption come from, or do you do what everybody else in the media does, just create some [expletive], just throw it all on the wall and see what sticks, which is what I see happening everywhere.
“The people who scream the loudest kind of get the attention and they pass some rule that everyone has to live with, or there’s some law, the consequence of which messes up a lot of other things. It happens all the time. They’re doing it right now. The NCAA is doing it, we’re going to change the way we have summer camps. We can’t have high school coaches working summer camps. It’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen.”
According to Georgia’s compliance website, a high-school coach may be employed by a camp, provided:
- The coach is compensated at the going rate for camp counselors of like teaching ability and camp experience.
- The coach may not be paid on the basis of the coach’s reputation or contact with prospects.
- The coach may not be compensated or reimbursed based on the number of campers the coach sends or brings to the camp.
“We say we don’t want third parties dealing with players, so we’re not going to let a high school coach bring a guy to camp and some third-party guy can bring him to camp,” Saban said. “It makes no sense at all. But all the people who have common sense don’t say anything about it.”
Rest assured, anyone who didn’t know about the upcoming changes does now.