Alabama unveiled a new on-site barbershop on Monday, and ESPN’s Jemele Hill is seemingly not impressed.
The former SportsCenter anchor voiced her skepticism regarding the intentions of the Crimson Tide’s new “Bama Cuts” barbershop on Tuesday morning.
“Keep wow’ing the players with perks like this so that they will never collectively push for actual compensation,” Hill wrote on Twitter. “Bold strategy, Cotton.”
First, let’s give credit where it is due on the Dodgeball reference she snuck in there at the end of her gripe.
It appears as though Hill, who clearly believes that college athletes should receive financial compensation beyond their current compensation of full scholarship, room and board, food allowance and apparel (among other perks), believes this addition to the Crimson Tide’s facility is a “perk” intended to keep players from seeking “actual” compensation.
Does she have a point?
We’ll leave that longstanding and somewhat controversial debate for the internet to hash out instead of attacking that here. Let’s keep it light.
Instead, we’re going to take the opportunity to again show off the impressive new set-up for the Crimson Tide players to enjoy. Check it out:
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 19, 2018
Oh, and it’s not just Crimson Tide players who get to enjoy this new perk.
New Alabama wide receivers coach Josh Gattis already seems pretty happy with his new look thanks to Bama Cuts:
BAMA Cuts✂️💈 is Officially in Business!
— Josh Gattis (@Coach_Gattis) February 19, 2018
Given Nick Saban credit. Even at 66 years old, the Crimson Tide coach continues to come up with ways to attract the nation’s premier talent to Tuscaloosa. As if winning national championships year after year wasn’t enough convincing in the first place.
Alabama will open the 2018 season against Bobby Petrino’s Louisville Cardinals at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 1. We already know who will have the best haircuts going into the Sunshine State.