Nick Saban wasn’t asked about Texas A&M football recruiting on Wednesday. But he sure was happy to talk about it.

In what can be aptly described as a shot fired across the bow of his SEC rival, Saban accused Texas A&M of manipulating name image and likeness rules to pay players and land the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class under head coach Jimbo Fisher. He also managed to rile up Deion Sanders.

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The Alabama head coach is becoming more and more vocal in his opposition to schools that take advantage of the new NIL rules to land prized recruits. And make no mistake: I hate the NIL. I’m on record as saying, repeatedly, that the NIL and the transfer portal are going to kill college sports. But isn’t it interesting that the most vocal criticism of the NIL is coming from Saban and Georgia’s Kirby Smart? Let’s not miss what’s happening here: Saban and Smart are so opposed to the NIL because they realize that it will make it harder to build a monopoly in college football.

Published On: May 19th, 2022Categories: Football

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