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Saban says Tide will offer four-year scholarships

Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:45 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Alabama was one of 30 BCS conference schools to recently vote against NCAA legislation that would allow -- though not mandate -- schools to offer multiple-year scholarships over the previous system of annual scholarship renewals. And the Tide football program had declined to offer them this past February, with Nick Saban citing lawsuits issued during the previous era of multiple-year scholarships as reason for the program's opposition.

Despite that stance, Saban told the Tuscaloosa News in a Tuesday story that the Tide would join Auburn and Florida (and, with the legislation's survival of the override vote, likely the rest of the SEC) in offering four-year scholarships starting with the 2013 class.

"We're going to offer four-year scholarships," Saban said. "Our whole conference is going to do it, all the schools, I think. And we're happy to do it."

Though we're skeptical a program truly "happy" to offer four-year scholarships would instead vote to prevent anyone from offering those scholarships, themselves included, Saban again referred to the legal ramifications when explaining the opposition of "some of the schools."

"We had the (four-year) rule years ago, and there were legal challenges to it," Saban said. "So we changed to the one-year scholarship then. I think that was why some of the schools had concerns." 

A four-year scholarship would conceivably make it more difficult for Saban to oversign in February and then "cut" players afterwards -- the Tide have seen widespread departures between spring practice and the start of fall camp each of the last several years under Saban -- but he forcefully denied either cutting players or that the new scholarships would have any impact on that issue at any school.

"We don't cut players," Saban said. "I don't know anyone who does. So I don't think that's an issue ... The player will still have to be academically eligible. He will still have to obey team rules and regulations. And the player is still going to have the same rights and the same appeals process that he has now."

Saban is entirely correct that just because School X has committed its four-year promise in writing doesn't mean Player Y is going to be able to skate through four years of school without worrying about the consequences. (He's also right that this could conceivably lead to some legal appeals here and there.) But given the ease with which schools have dismissed players on one-year scholarships in the past -- it's surprising to hear Saban say he "doesn't know anyone" who cuts players, given that SEC West rival Bobby Petrino declined to renew the scholarships of five different players just last year -- we disagree that nothing has changed.

Even if having a promise of four years' worth of education in writing is still just a promise, that's more commitment from their new schools than those players have gotten before.

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Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:13 am
 

Saban says Tide will offer four-year scholarships

Saban  is a liar and a cheater. He kicks several players to the curb every spring and summer. He oversigns every year. He gives out jobs and softball scholarships to the players girlfriends. Saban does not graduated his players, (NCAA GSR rates). Saban even refused to accept 2 high school kids offers on national signing day  last month after both kids were offered and had accepted scholarships from saban. Jones and Philon were the 2 kids saban screwed. Saban cares about 1 thing, himself. He doesn't give a damn about his players. He is a great fit at bama with its fans that have no education and no class.

Lying is left to interpretation of the facts, and since you have no true facts to present that states he is a liar, then that kinda puts the ball in your court for proof, now dont it. Cheating is provable if you can find the proof, so lets see it . When was the last time a Saban led team was busted for cheating of his doing or anything that occurred while he was at a school? The only offense that has happened is the school book thing and it was started before he got there and he helped turn the program in and suspeneded players even before the NCAA got hold of the info. It appears you have way too much bias and way too little proof.

The two players in question were both still offered scholarships to play the following year, but they opted to go elsewhere. They were victims of the cap on signing and nothing more. Saban took the best players that he had to sign and those two players became casualties of the system. Hate the game, not the players, he played within the rules of recruiting and did nothing wrong. His job is to recruit the best players ha can for his squad, and he did is job to perfection, cant fault a man for doing his job. God , if you looking for something to complain about in concerns to not doing your job correctly, start at the top  with your federal government and the President. Those clowns are screwing us all daily and all you have to complain about is your perceived belief that Saban is a cheater and liar.

And you last comment on fans with no education and no class, all i can say is every school has them and your post is proof positive. I have a Masters from the University, so we are not all uneducated and the fact i did not call you what you should be called shows i at least have a small amount of class.



Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:05 am
 

Saban says Tide will offer four-year scholarships

I'm sorry you feel that way.  However, until you can prove me uneducated with no class, shut up.


Getitright77
Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:09 am
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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:21 am
 

Saban says Tide will offer four-year scholarships

I'm guessing that the "legal ramifications" to which Saban refers were anything but protests against being offered such scholarships. Most likely they arose out of Alabama's refusal to honor said contracts when it no longer suited them to do so. Roll Tide --steamroll them loser kids who broke down like they was old mules.


Getitright77
Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:49 pm
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Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:04 pm
 

Saban says Tide will offer four-year scholarships

Half of the SEC schools are on some type probation.Right now they are running College Football,ESPN,an CBS.Saban will do anything to win,period.Thats why his  Bull-Sh&& didn't fly in The Pro's.You know you can tell when Nick is lying.HIS LIPS ARE MOVING.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:04 pm
 

Saban says Tide will offer four-year scholarships

coaches in the sec i'm talking about!!!!



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:04 pm
 

Saban says Tide will offer four-year scholarships

whats new about saban being a liar and cheater? all those coaches fit into that catagory



Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:53 pm
 

Saban says Tide will offer four-year scholarships

Saban  is a liar and a cheater. He kicks several players to the curb every spring and summer. He oversigns every year. He gives out jobs and softball scholarships to the players girlfriends. Saban does not graduated his players, (NCAA GSR rates). Saban even refused to accept 2 high school kids offers on national signing day  last month after both kids were offered and had accepted scholarships from saban. Jones and Philon were the 2 kids saban screwed. Saban cares about 1 thing, himself. He doesn't give a damn about his players. He is a great fit at bama with its fans that have no education and no class.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:34 pm
 

Saban says Tide will offer four-year scholarships

Saban's job is to win football games. His job is to get the best players he can and win football games with them. Hes not a professor or a dean, whos job is the educational well being of these kids, its to win football games. Sure, he wants them to do well in the classroom so they can stay eligible, but I dont think its a big deal if he suggests that a guy whos not getting it done on the field maybe step away from the team so someone else can come in. His job isnt to make sure these kids get a quality education, its to winn football games and nothing more. Each university has hundreds of teachers and professors and deans and advisors whos job it is make sure kids get a quality education. Saban is a football coach, and nothing more. 
Wrong! This is problem with the SEC. Wrong!



Right...that's why Michigan and Notre Dame have kept their coachces they have for years and years...because winning means nothing..it's all about the education....lol

Charlie Wiess, Tye Willingham, and Rich Rod all say HI, and that they all disagree with your crapola.


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