Source: Florida hasn't shut out NFL scouts, yet

Contrary to a comment made by an unnamed scout to the Tuscaloosa News, a league source tells us that the University of Florida has not informed NFL teams to stay away.

Yet.

Meanwhile, two more teams have confirmed that Alabama coach Nick Saban has closed practices to scouts until further notice.  As one source explained it, the message was communicated not by letter sent to each team, but via a website that the 32 franchise use to coordinate on-campus visits. 

So, basically, no team is exempt from the Wrath of Saban.

The move has left some scouts feeling bewildered.  “We are just trying to do our jobs,” one high-level scout said by phone earlier this morning.  “We are not the distraction.  How would college coaches feel is this was done to them?”

And that’s a great point.  College coaches need access to high school practices in order to decide which players to recruit.  What Saban is doing to NFL scouts is no different than a high school coach Nick Saban to take his golden, forked tongue back to Tuscaloosa.

“It’s so misguided,” the scout said as to Saban’s approach.  “It makes no sense.  We’re all trying to play football and promote the game and generate revenue.”

As Peter King and Bob Papa explained during my impromptu Wednesday morning visit them on Sirius NFL Radio, Saban needs to consider the impact of his position on recruiting — and he also needs to take responsibility for his own role in players getting paid while supposedly operate under his watch as amateurs.

Then again, perhaps Saban’s overriding strategy is to blame the NFL in the hopes of deflecting attention from his own responsibility for the situation.

12 responses to “Source: Florida hasn't shut out NFL scouts, yet

  1. I wonder if Urban would actually shut out Patriots scouts, since he’s buddies with Bill Belichick and the Patriots pick a lot of Florida players.

  2. Wait til Saban looses a few 5 star recruits because the rest of the SEC takes the stance that if you go to Alabama the coach won’t let in NFL Scouts. They’ll all tell potential recruits that it’ll hurt their draft stock if they aren’t accessible to scouts. Auburn, LSU, and Florida will be big winners in this. Way to go Nick!

  3. Saban is a total snake. Who could believe that with a nickname like “The Nicktator”, he isn’t familiar with the seedy world of amateur football player compensation. And to then turn around and shut out the NFL guys from doing their job? I never liked him and I never will.

  4. # Summers11 says: August 11, 2010 11:05 AM
    Wait til Saban looses a few 5 star recruits because the rest of the SEC takes the stance that if you go to Alabama the coach won’t let in NFL Scouts. They’ll all tell potential recruits that it’ll hurt their draft stock if they aren’t accessible to scouts. Auburn, LSU, and Florida will be big winners in this. Way to go Nick!
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    Yep. That’s what I would do if I were a rival SEC coach.

  5. I know you try to bang this stuff out as quick as possible so you don’t get scooped Florio….but do you seriously not have the time once it’s posted to read what you’ve written and correct it before moving on to the next story?

  6. Why is he spitting at the scouts when it was the agents who caused all the trouble?
    Makes no sense to me.

  7. Well said, Socio.
    Don’t understand banning NFL scouts trying to find NFL caliber players within his program. Is he banning agents & boosters? They are the ones trying to “bend” the rules and getting programs into trouble.

  8. Alabama players will be drafted high regardless of if scouts can watch them in summer camp or not. If a kid is dumb enough to believe a rival coach that tells him he can’t get drafted from Alabama because they’ve banned NFL scouts, I don’t think that kid could learn the playbook anyway.
    For the metaphor of high schools banning college coaches to work, there would have to be fear that the high schools could be put on probation if the college coaches do something wrong. Absent that, the analogy is useless. The NFL doesn’t mind peeing in the NCAA pool because it doesn’t have to swim there.

  9. To stop all of this nonsense, all the NFL has to do is not invite any Alabama players to the combine.
    That will in itself force all new recruits to other SEC teams, and Alabama will dump Saban faster than he left the Dolphins.

  10. I think Saban is trying deflect the dirt off his program toward anything else hoping, hoping it will stick, just to protect his Championship. I hope the NCAA investigates the hell out of him and ends up taking their Championship away from them. LET THE BOISE STATE BASHING BEGIN.

  11. At first I applauded Saban for this, but the more I read, the more wrong I think he is. Posters are right… it’s the AGENTS, not the SCOUTS, that need to be banned. Keeping boosters out isn’t a bad secondary step as someone mentioned also. Then again, be careful with that one. They’re the ones paying his outrageous salary.

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