Just want to focus on Saban's comments in this post, not mention Jimbo's response. I may do that later. (Lest anyone misunderstand, remember I have a lower opinion of Jimbo than probably anyone else on this board.)
When I read Nick's comments I said to myself, "Is Nick planting the seeds saying that if the NIL stuff doesn't get under control soon or if it spirals even further out of control he might just decide to walk away and spend time at the lake on his boat?"
Note: I'm not saying for sure that is what his motives were. I'm not predicting that he will retire in a year or two. I'm just saying I can see the scenario where he might.
Note: I suspect several coaches are pondering their long term futures. "Is college football going to change so much in the next few years that it just ain't worth it?"
its one thing to give money to the school which funds scholarships and provides competitive facilities etc. to get decent seats at the game. It's a whole different situation to buy players. Lot better ways to spend my money.
I had a former Wofford/Illinois Olineman come into my place of business. I see him a couple times of year. We were talking about NIL. He said it’s nuts and you don’t even see the half of it. He said some Texas Tech booster is giving $50,000 to every player on the team. No wonder their recruiting class is great right now.
his stature in college football making the comments he made about the NIL and A&M. This gets attention to what a sleazy, out of control mess it is right now. And frankly, it will destroy college football if more people don't call it out and say is this really the way we're going to do things?