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Saban No Longer Sounds Worried About New Roster Management Rules

Before and during the SEC’s spring meetings in Destin, Alabama coach Nick Saban was sounding every alarm he could possibly sound.

Capping our signees will hurt the SEC’s product!

But now that the league’s presidents have gone ahead and created a soft cap at 25 (rather than at 28) and now that they’ve announced plans to take a closer look at medical hardship cases, Saban’s not complaining.



“I don’t really feel that it’s going to create any management issues that’s going to affect the quality of play.  I think it’s all good.

“It’s not going to be that much of a management issue for us to be able to continue to create the same number of opportunities for young people and just try to manage it a little better.”


How’s that for an about-face?

So do the coach’s new comments show us that — as we suggested at the time — Saban and other coaches were overstating the dangers of a cap in an effort to keep every roster management tool at their disposal?

Or does it show that Saban is a good soldier who is smart enough to know that if his school president and the SEC commissioner rule on something, the league’s most high-profile coach had better get in line with it?

Probably a little bit of both.

 


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