Some of you scoffed last month when we suggested that the NFL should suspend players who ultimately are determined by the NCAA to have accepted payments while still eligible to play college football. One person who apparently didn’t scoff is Alabama coach Nick Saban.
We’re still trying to figure out whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
Per our guys at CFT, Saban said that the possibility was mentioned during a recent conference call involving Saban, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA officials, and other college coaches. The discussion was generally aimed at solving the problem of agents paying college players.
Though it may seem unfair on the surface to take action against NFL players based on things they did in college, the NFL and the NFLPA are free to agree to any and all work rules that they choose, limited only by the union’s duty of fair representation of its members. Already, the league and the union have agreed to prevent players less than three years out of high school from playing NFL football — it’s horribly unfair to a gifted young athlete who want to earn a living right out of high school (or earlier), but the move was made to help preserve positive relations with the men who preside over pro football’s free farm system.
Saban also said that he plans to lift his ban on NFL scouts at Alabama practices, with scouts permitted to return at some point after August 25.
So it appears that Saban wanted to get the NFL’s attention. And that he was successful.
Love him or hate him, Saban didn’t win national titles at two different schools by being stupid.