Alabama coach Nick Saban says if there’s one thing he could change about college football, it’s that he believes it needs a centralized voice in charge.
“I think we need a commissioner of college football,” Saban said on The Paul Finebaum Show on Friday. “I think we need somebody, whether it’s just the five major conferences, who can be unbiased in how decisions are getting made about what can and can’t be done, and have the best interest of college football.
“Just like the NFL has a commissioner that makes a lot of tough decisions. Sometimes they affect players adversely, but they definitely always are about the integrity of the game and what’s best for the game. Whether it’s the rules we play by, or the way we recruit, or whether we can have satellite camps or not, there should be some unbiased way with someone in charge of all that.”
Satellite camps were recently thrust into the spotlight after some in the SEC, including conference commissioner Greg Sankey, fought for them to be banned. The Division I Council disallowed satellite camps at the beginning of April, but the ban was rescinded less than three weeks later by the NCAA Board of Directors.
It’s not the first time Saban has made the suggestion. He made a similar appeal to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN just last week.
“It would be good if there was somebody, and I don’t know who, but somebody that looked at the game from 1,000 feet,” Saban told Rittenberg. “Not as an AD. Not as a conference commissioner. Not as an offensive guy or a defensive guy, but somebody who’s looking at it from the entire scope.
“It’s not what’s best for the SEC or the Big Ten or the Pac-12, but what’s best for the game. That way, there’s no self-interest.”