The Alabama coach was specifically upset by the NCAA’s testing during last December’s College Football Playoff, citing the fact that those four teams — Alabama, Michigan State, Clemson and Oklahoma — were all subject to testing, while other FBS schools were not.
“If they’re going to test, they should test everybody,” Saban said. “They shouldn’t just test the four teams in the championship … So just because you got into the championship and the playoff last year your guys got tested — so those guys are all getting suspended next year. But how many other guys played in bowl games? It’s not the same standard for everybody.”
If you’re an Alabama fan reading between the lines, you might be worried that some of your favorite players could be missing from the field in September.
Saban didn’t exactly quell those fears as he charged forward Tuesday.
“What good does it do for a guy who got tested in December to suspend him six games next September?” he said. “Is this changing behavior? … I don’t think that helps. I don’t think the guy can even remember, I know I won’t remember in September what happened in December of the previous year.”
He expressed concern that the current policies do nothing to help the individual players, referencing the NFL’s supposedly ineffective drug program in place when he coached the Miami Dolphins a decade ago.
“I went through this with the Ricky Williams arguments way back when I was in Miami,” Saban said. “Everybody said, ‘We spent $5 million on a drug program.’ … How does that help the player? Because to me this is a medical issue, not just a behavioral issue that needs to be dealt with as such. Which takes a lot more time, a lot more resources and a lot more investment.”