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Saban considers freezing out NFL teams

Nick Saban thumbs up.jpgAs the NCAA continues its suddenly comprehensive attempt to clean up a mess that has been languishing on the carpet for years, one former NFL coach turned Alabama coach, who famously said he wouldn’t be the Alabama coach, is coming close to calling for college football programs to freeze out the NFL, if the pro game can’t keep agents from paying players.

“What the NFL Players Association and the NFL need to do is if any agent
breaks a rule and causes ineligibility for a player, they should
suspend his [agent's] license for a year or two,” Nick Saban told ESPN.com, via CFT.  “I’m about
ready for college football to say, ‘Let’s just throw the NFL out.  Don’t
let them evaluate players.  Don’t let them talk to players.  Let them do
it at the combine.’  If they are not going to help us, why should we help
them?”

Saban is upset because the Tide could be the latest program to possibly get rolled by the NCAA.  Alabama currently is looking into whether defensive end Marcel Dareus blew his eligibility by “taking his talents to South Beach” earlier this summer for a party hosted by an agent.

Saban has picked a valid target, but the aim is wrong.  If an agent pays a player, he’s already subject to punishment.  The problem is that, previously, neither the NCAA nor the NFLPA did anything to enforce the rules.  With the Reggie Bush case prompting an epiphany for the NCAA, the next logical step will be for the union to stand up and take action against agents who pay players before their eligibility ends.

Of course, full and complete and consistent enforcement of that rule could mean that not many agents would be left.

“Right now, agents are screwing it up,” Saban said.  “They are taking the
eligibility of players. It’s not right that those players do the wrong
thing.  We have a great education process here.  We have a full-time
worker who meets with players and their families and does everything
else.”

Saban’s threat should get the league’s attention.  Pro football teams, as Saban knows, tiptoe on eggshells to cater to college coaches, given that NCAA football provides a free farm system for the NFL.  If more coaches begin to call for the NFL to be cut off, the league’s scouting efforts will suffer.

And so the league needs to lean on the union to police the agents.  As if the league and the union didn’t already have enough issues between them.

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  1. E.A.D. says: Jul 20, 2010 7:26 PM

    F#$K Nick Saban!

  2. WingT says: Jul 20, 2010 7:28 PM

    Agents are scumbags.
    WE NEED A ROOKIE PAYSCALE

  3. TylerDurden says: Jul 20, 2010 7:29 PM

    he makes sense

  4. jeffjewell says: Jul 20, 2010 7:36 PM

    In a month he’ll do the exact opposite. Trust nothing that comes out of Saban’s mouth, and watch your wallet if you’re close enough to see his mouth.

  5. Omega says: Jul 20, 2010 7:39 PM

    @TylerDurden
    +1

  6. dolphan1958 says: Jul 20, 2010 7:42 PM

    Like Saban is a Freakin expert now?
    What a dork, can’t take anything he says seriously
    as we already know he is not “a man of his word”.

  7. BIG BLUE in tx says: Jul 20, 2010 7:42 PM

    Not a Saban fan but I agree with him.

  8. NYMets says: Jul 20, 2010 7:45 PM

    I remember when Saban was hired by the MIAMI DOLPHINS. Oh, the pomp and fanfare. And the Dolfans were lighting the boards up! Like they did with Marshall and Brown and Yatil Green and every other garbage aquisition this crappy team makes.
    2010 Jets 12-4
    2010 Miami 5-11
    Read it and weep!

  9. stnmmc says: Jul 20, 2010 7:46 PM

    I can’t blame him for being pissed. The NCAA is feeling its oats on the heels of the USC ruling. He just won a championship and the leeches may have put that piece of hardware in jeopardy.
    A good coach going back to MSU, just not a likable guy.

  10. Raiders757 says: Jul 20, 2010 7:51 PM

    A agree with WingT.
    Sports agents are nothing more than complete and total scum. They rank right down the there with debt collectors, and lab workers who run drug tests on blue collar job seekers. They’re scum of the Earth, everyone of them Their job do nothing to make anyone’s life better but their own.

  11. moolah954 says: Jul 20, 2010 7:54 PM

    i don’t see why he should come back to the NFL all he dose is piss people off

  12. Deb says: Jul 20, 2010 7:55 PM

    @E.A.D. & jeffyjewell
    Let’s see … Miami fans still playing Peter Pan–the boy who refuses to grow up? Do me a favor and read up on the old Don’s history … especially how the NFL hit the Dolphins with tampering fines when he screwed the Colts to take the Fins job. Or Auburn fan who hates the way the worm has turned? Just try to suck it up, boys.
    Florio, I mean this with all due respect and affection, piss off on the endless Dolphins digs. Saban may have been jus’ a lil squirt in the NFL, but he’s Big Dog in the NCAA and his bark’s got bite. The rules don’t matter if they’re not enforced and you know it. The agents who keep screwing these kids–and more important–the kids who come after them who don’t get the national spotlight of bowl games, etc., DESERVE to lose their licenses. If the other coaches follow the Big Dog, this longstanding problem may get resolved.

  13. Belichick for President says: Jul 20, 2010 7:57 PM

    WingT says:
    July 20, 2010 7:28 PM
    Agents are scumbags.
    WE NEED A ROOKIE PAYSCALE
    Just in case anyone missed the smartest thing the NFL could do, I copy and pasted it.
    And here it is again: WE NEED A ROOKIE PAYSCALE

  14. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Jul 20, 2010 8:01 PM

    Nick Satan is the AntiChrist. I hope Bama gets the NCAA death sentence just for having this evil f&ck as a coach.

  15. TheToolofTools says: Jul 20, 2010 8:03 PM

    Saban .. I think his Dad was Lou.
    I like Lou.

  16. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Jul 20, 2010 8:09 PM

    Heaven forbid Saban police his own program himself. Nope, he wants the NFL, the NFLPA and the NCAA to do it for him. You know he recruits based on the perks his players can get it. He’s only mad because his program is about to get caught. He’s been there long enough to be responsible for what is going on.

  17. Deb says: Jul 20, 2010 8:17 PM

    Nate, you must do something about that bitter temper. It’s not healthy. Saban left Miami with Wayne Huizenga’s blessing and Huizenga was his employer. If you want to blame someone for your 1-15 season … try Cameron. Better yet, start studying NFL/NCAA history and find out how common it is for coaches to say they won’t and then they do … and for teams to do the same, which gets nary a mention. Not saying it’s right … just saying it’s typical. Of course, he could have done what Jim Mora did in Atlanta–that worked out swell for Jim.
    Bama will be just fine, thank you.
    Jumped back in to remind Florio that it’s easy enough to replace sports agents. Mike, with the law degree and your football knowledge, I’m sure you could be an agent. It would be a lot tougher to replace a free farm system. And Emperor Goodell will need that free farm system to carry out his plan of world domination. They aren’t exactly breeding American football talent in the U.K., Europe, Mexico … or Uganda.

  18. Byrd Is The Word says: Jul 20, 2010 8:26 PM

    Ridiculous. Nobody is forcing those players to accept that money. The players themselves make that decision. Just as they’d make a decision to cheat at school, or smoke marijuana, or steal their roommate’s playstation, or any of the other things they could do to jeopardize their eligibility.

  19. WhoDey_Man says: Jul 20, 2010 8:32 PM

    Belichick for President says:
    July 20, 2010 7:57 PM
    WingT says:
    July 20, 2010 7:28 PM
    Agents are scumbags.
    WE NEED A ROOKIE PAYSCALE
    Just in case anyone missed the smartest thing the NFL could do, I copy and pasted it.
    And here it is again: WE NEED A ROOKIE PAYSCALE
    _________ Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
    i remember douchebag Alvin Keels on last year’s Hard Knocks. what a friggin SLIMEBALL!! andre smith FINALLY signed his rookie contract and the first thing that douche-slimeball-assbag_piece-of-shit says is NOT “welcome to the NFL” or “congratulations on living the dream you’ve had since you were a kid…” he says “congratulations, kid. you’re a multi millionaire.” wow. what an assbag.
    i know it’s not supposed to be, but good lord could it ever be more evident that it’s ALL ABOUT THE MONEY??

  20. edgy says: Jul 20, 2010 8:34 PM

    # WingT says:
    Agents are scumbags.
    WE NEED A ROOKIE PAYSCALE
    **************
    All Tea Party members are racist.
    See, I can deal in idiotic generalities like you.
    When they set the limit at 3%, geniuses like you said that the day of the agent was dead and they were wrong and every time someone says that the rookie cap will get rid of them shows their ignorance, as well.
    Even the standard contract is a living hell of legalese and the player that has himself or his daddy or uncle representing him has a moron for a client. An agent goes into the office and meets face to face with management, while his client just goes to the field and concentrates on his. He listens to all of what they have to say and if management disses his client, HE and not his client hear it and the player doesn’t feel resentful toward management for what they say. It will make it easier on both as far as negotiations but as the Memphis Grizzlies have proven, even having a rookie pay scale in the NBA hasn’t stopped a cheap team from trying to low ball their draft choices and I wouldn’t be surprised to see that in the NFL, even with a so called pay scale.
    If you believe that agents will go away, you’re naive.

  21. baracuda says: Jul 20, 2010 8:36 PM

    Saban pushes them to sign with sexton anyway and has their “advisor” do the same. What a joke!

  22. Xenu_D_Alien says: Jul 20, 2010 8:42 PM

    The NFL could just stop requiring players to be three years removed from their high school graduation before they can be drafted. If college teams don’t want to cooperate, the NFL could create a d-league and some players could bypass college ball altogether. I imagine that would hamper college recruiting efforts a bit.

  23. joelvis72 says: Jul 20, 2010 8:59 PM

    He’s got a point, but he’s still a prick.

  24. granadafan says: Jul 20, 2010 9:06 PM

    Deb wrote: “Florio, I mean this with all due respect and affection, piss off on the endless Dolphins digs. ”
    ROTFL. You have to love every fan who cries that Florio picks on their favorite . “Waaaaaah, Florio writes nasty things about them even though you couldn’t count the number of threads the last two days or week on my favorite !!!!!”.
    Seriously, stop being so delusional.
    PS, like Saban or not, he’s right. Punish the agents and a lot of this stuff will stop.

  25. rolltide says: Jul 20, 2010 9:31 PM

    Granadafan is spot on, but still, one has to wonder what it’s going to take for Dolphins fans (and bloggers) to let this go….back to back superbowl wins?

  26. WingT says: Jul 20, 2010 9:35 PM

    @edgy
    I don’t say that agents will go away , all I say is that it will help tremendously. Unfortunately Mayo at USC proved that there can be a payscale and agents will still be hovering.
    Also, you stated ….”See, I can deal in idiotic generalities like you.” …LOL….whatever dude, LOL..I hope you feel better now after getting that off your chest…lol

  27. comment_submission_error says: Jul 20, 2010 9:48 PM

    Saban might be right, but really, how are you going to recruit players to your school if you’re sporting a “No NFL” rule? These guys aren’t coming in for the love of the game. They want to get paid. Saban can institute a “no agent” rule-for all the good that would do-but he can’t shun the league. Is he going to knock on a door and tell somebody’s Mom that her son should go to ‘Bama, because they stopped all the foolishness of free cash and cars and hookers? Probably not.

  28. NationalFelonLeague.com © says: Jul 20, 2010 9:52 PM

    Agents will just use middle men
    mentors like Deion and Irvin.

  29. Brewster says: Jul 20, 2010 10:00 PM

    I’m not a fan of the NCAA, but Nick Saban being sanctimonius is utterly absurd. The guy belongs in the same class as Pete Carrol, Rick Neuheisel and any other scumbag college coach who drags his institution down for his personal benefit.

  30. mcarey032 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:05 PM

    If people think that for one second that Nick Satan and Alabama aren’t paying players like the rest of college football, they are stupid and crazy. What he is saying has its merits, but to think that the coaches aren’t playing off the fact that they sell the idea that players can go to the next level is just double talk from the master of double talk. Saban may not have been as bad as Bobby Petrino, but he is still bad enough.

  31. Catamount says: Jul 20, 2010 10:17 PM

    How is that comment going to help recruiting?

  32. Football Fan says: Jul 20, 2010 10:25 PM

    I don’t like Saban either but he is right. Word on the street is that Rosenhaus, Segal, Sports Stars, etc. are all involved. I hope the NFLPA bans out all of these agents for a lifetime.

  33. Richm2256 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:25 PM

    Nick Saban is a douchebag ….. if a college coach has so much to lose by a player giving up his eligibility by taking money from an agent, then why doesn’t he just do a better job of keeping his players eligible?

  34. FinFan68 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:26 PM

    Nick Satan should be ashamed of his NFL legacy, however, I agree that the agents are ruining football at the highest levels. The kids have huge, unchecked egos and want to get paid and be famous and the agents promise them the world. Hopefully, a rookie pay scale with modest money (even for the 1st rounders) will curtail much of what is wrong with football.

  35. ispysomething7 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:32 PM

    @NYMets
    I think you meant to put the records like this…..
    Pats 12-4
    Jets 8-8
    Miami 5-11
    Buffalo 4-12
    There’s no way the Jets go 12-4. Absolutely NO WAY!!!!

  36. db3300 says: Jul 20, 2010 10:36 PM

    I can’t believe how many people idiotically agree with Saban – another idiot. Alabama players are under Nick’s control, not the NFL’s. But because he’ll be caught one day, he’s already trying to deflect blame. How about teaching the kids under your control what will happen to them if they break the rules and then follow through with it even if it costs you a season?
    So tell us, oh sage, how do you plan on “freezing out” the NFL? Why don’t you take the lead on that and see if you can recruit anyone other than 3rd string high school scrubs. There isn’t a player on your roster who wouldn’t drop you like a bad habit if you were able to figure out some way to do that. If they could jump straight to the NFL, your name would never spit out of their mouths. Outside of Alabama, you have no credibility in the football world.

  37. edgy says: Jul 20, 2010 10:38 PM

    WingT says: July 20, 2010 9:35 PM
    @edgy
    I don’t say that agents will go away , all I say is that it will help tremendously.
    **********************
    Really, here’s a little dose of reality courtesy of George Blanda:
    In the days before players had agents, Blanda had a long and contentious negotiations with Halas and it all came down to a $500 bonus that Blanda wanted but Halas didn’t want to pay Finally, when it became apparent to Halas the Blanda wasn’t going to give in, he tore up the contract and then had another one written up that was for $500 more than what he had offered Blanda. George was happy about getting the money that he signed as quickly as he could. It was only later when he was at home that he read the contract and found hat he didn’t get a $500 bonus but a $500 LOAN and he was paying Halas a hell of an interest rate.
    Agents are there to keep the owners honest and protect the players. I have had an agent work for me to protect my rights and get me the best damn deal and ensure that the guy who was wanting to hire me didn’t try to screw me. I’m not a fool because I’m NOT an agent or a lawyer and it’s better to have an EXPERT in the field to do the job than someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. The bad agents are a minority and if you think that they’re all scum then you’re a fool.
    Owners have been very successful at portraying agents in a bad light when they’re the ones that have screwed the players a hell of a lot longer than agents have screwed the owners. If owners would have treated players fairly, there would NEVER be a need for a union or agents.

  38. burntorangehorn says: Jul 21, 2010 12:01 AM

    edgy–I don’t think anyone with a sound mind can deny that proper legal representation is important for players at this level, but I think it’s extremely important to make a distinction between providing that valuable service and being a slimy, scum-sucking whore like the guys who tamper with college players are.

  39. Dave The Panther says: Jul 21, 2010 12:37 AM

    Two sides to every story. He is right though. Don’t blame the school. If an agent is anyway involved with a player his license should be revoked for 3 yrs. This hits them in the pocket and forces them to abide by the rules. PERIOD. IF YOU TOUCH A COLLEGE STUDENT THEN YOUR ARE SUSPENDED…..
    Now the other side…..
    You go to college to improve your lifestyle. Recruiters from every form of life go on college campuses trying to find the brightest stars before they graduate. The agents job is to secure them employment. If I am a college senior I am already thinking of employment. If a non-sports related agent signed me before graduation. No one says a word. I could see in the near future someone suing the NCAA on this issue.

  40. cooljohnny13 says: Jul 21, 2010 12:45 AM

    Hey NYMETS, if for some freakin reason we only win 5 games, i can almost guarantee you that two of them will be against the wets….NJJETS SUCK!!! Brandon Marshall is gonna sink Revis island…I can’t wait until the phins kick the ever lovin crap out of those sorry wets….We’ve won 3 straight games against them, one for the division title in New Jersey, two last year and all they can say is that they can’t wait for this year….Unbelieveable

  41. Deb says: Jul 21, 2010 1:58 AM

    @granadafan …
    Usually I ignore braying jackasses, but …
    Mike is like a kid asking 42,000 times “are we there yet?” Reading the same old in every unrelated post gets old, so I told him affectionately to piss off.
    Nothing in my post said “waaaa” or “don’t pick on Nick.” I love the SOB because he’s our SOB, but I’m far from delusional and called him an NFL “lil squirt” myself in that very post. And since Florio doesn’t write about Alabama, I’m hardly an example of your “every fan who cries that Florio picks on their favorite.”
    I take shots at the Nick Satanatics because Shula screwed the Colts, Tuberville screwed Ole Miss, Urban screwed Utah, and Parcells has screwed everyone. Doesn’t excuse Saban, but all these hysterical people wearing garlic and holding up crosses are too tempting to pass up.
    So, baby, I’m pretty sure neither Saban nor I care what Florio thinks of him. Next time you’re stuck for something to say, instead of distorting one of my comments, just try Google.

  42. We need linemen says: Jul 21, 2010 6:12 AM

    Or maybe you could just get rid of the hypocrisy of college football, a multi-million dollar industry, refusing to allow the players to earn money from it.
    As soon as Nick Saban gives up his million dollar salary for the same pay grade as say the college’s head of the history faculty and they cut their admission and merchandising prices so that they only cover the costs of running the football program; then they can get back on their high horse of amateur ideals.
    Whilst they’re at it they could actually make sure the players get an education. Dexter Manley managed to get through the entire education system including four years of college without anyone noticing that he hadn’t learned how to read.

  43. Cubano says: Jul 21, 2010 7:30 AM

    I hate than SOB, but he has a point. Screw you Saban!!!!

  44. eagledan says: Jul 21, 2010 8:00 AM

    I don’t know for sure, but dont most Agents start out as Lawyers?
    Enough Said!

  45. Ralph says: Jul 21, 2010 9:23 AM

    NCAA is a frickin’ joke. The schools make millions off these kids and don’t give a hoot if they go on to a successful pro career or not.
    NFL should, indeed, implement a rookie pay scale. Not to help out the NCAA, but to right a wrong in it’s own organization. No player should be paid big bucks before they’ve produced in the NFL. A rookie pay scale would remove the risk of hold outs and limit the danger of draft busts. Rookie contracts need to be limited to two years with RFA after that. If they can prove themselves in the first year the team has time to re-negotiate the contract.
    NCAA should step back and say the agents can pay these kids anything they want too. As long as they’re not accepting money from a pro team, they should be allowed to keep their eligibility. The schools are making big ching off these kids and they deserve some sort of pay, just like the kid working in the school’s cafeteria or library.

  46. NickSabanSucks says: Jul 21, 2010 9:43 AM

    I think my username lets everyone know how i feel

  47. edgy says: Jul 21, 2010 11:42 AM

    Unless the school is actively seeking out these agents and telling them to pay their players, they’re not responsible UNLESS they know and they don’t take any action. The guilty parties are the agent AND the players (and please, no greedy agents talk because the player is just as guilty because he could have said no but he didn’t). Giving them money won’t stop the problem because the NCAA can’t compete with these guys when it comes to how much money they can give players that they target.
    I don’t have a problem with giving the players extra spending money because of what his presence brings to the NCAA but really, can that piddling amount compare to $75,000-$100,000+ that an agent is giving him?
    I proposed on CFT that maybe the agents could be allowed to openly pay whatever players they want after they’ve been in school for two years but they couldn’t influence the kid to transfer schools during that time (and there’s be some kind of penalty for a kid who does transfer). The agents wouldn’t be paying every player on any team and just like now, only the studs would get the big money. Maybe they can even work out a deal like some of the other “amateur” sports do that allow them to get sponsorship deals (But then again, would you really like it if guys started sporting logos like race cars?). :)

  48. Deb says: Jul 21, 2010 1:11 PM

    @rolltide says …
    Granadafan is spot on.
    ———————————
    My response to granadafan follows. My response to you is: Please stop reinforcing the stereotype that Alabamians lack even fundamental reading skills.
    @granadafan …
    Usually I ignore braying jackasses, but …
    Mike is like a kid asking 42,000 times “are we there yet?” Reading the same old in every unrelated post gets old, so I told him affectionately to piss off.
    Nothing in my post said “waaaa” or “don’t pick on Nick.” I love the SOB because he’s our SOB, but I’m far from delusional and called him an NFL “lil squirt” myself in that very post. And since Florio doesn’t write about Alabama, I’m hardly an example of your “every fan who cries that Florio picks on their favorite.”
    I take shots at the Nick Satanatics because Shula screwed the Colts, Tuberville screwed Ole Miss, Urban screwed Utah, and Parcells has screwed everyone. Doesn’t excuse Saban, but all these hysterical people wearing garlic and holding up crosses are too tempting to pass up.
    So, baby, I’m pretty sure neither Saban nor I care what Florio thinks of him. Next time you’re stuck for something to say, instead of distorting one of my comments, just try Google.

  49. Terry says: Aug 10, 2010 5:49 PM

    Saban’s missing a point in the entire problem. It not Only the agents causing this, it’s the players too.
    These alleged innocents not only DEMAND money they are very specific in the amounts they require. They play “the game” sometimes better than the agents.
    If it’s one thing they are Not, is innocent!

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