Former Dolphins coach Nick Saban, who now profits from the free labor of football players (but for the room, board, and tuition that many of them wouldn’t want anyway) as the coach of a program he said he wouldn’t be coaching, has applied a strong label to agents who give the one thing to players that the college football system, which earns billions from their blood, sweat, and ligaments, won’t.
“I don’t think it’s anything but greed that’s creating it right now on
behalf of the agents,” Saban said Wednesday. “The
agents that do this — and I hate to say this, but how are they any
better than a pimp?
“I have no respect for people who do that to young people. None. How would you feel if they did it to your child?”
Nick, you’ve lost us on this one. First of all, these kids aren’t children. They’re old enough to vote for our president, and they’re old enough to die while carrying out his missions. So they’re old enough to take responsibility for the decision as to whether they should take money under circumstances where they know that they shouldn’t.
It’s Saban’s job to educate them that taking money will destroy their eligibility. Their eligibility to continue to play football for room, board, and tuition that many of them wouldn’t want anyway. Their eligibility to continue to help Saban’s family, not their own.
So, Nick, who’s closer to being the pimp in this situation?
Look, we believe that agents and players should follow the rules, and that the colleges, the NCAA, the NFL, and the NFLPA should step in when they don’t. But Saban has no business acting like an innocent bystander in this process.
Greed drives the entire college football system. The schools and the coaches bankroll millions, and the kids pocket peanuts in comparison. At least once agents get involved, the vast majority of the NFL money ends up in the players’ pockets.
So, we’ll ask it again. Who’s closer to the being the pimp in this situation?