Nick Saban was not asked about Texas A&M football hiring on Wednesday. But he was certainly happy to talk about it.
In what could rightly be described as a shot fired along the bow of his SEC opponent, Saban accused Texas A&M of manipulating image and similarity rules to pay players and land its No. 1 recruiting class. country under head coach Jimbo Fisher. He also managed to upset Deion Sanders.
Champagne was speaking in front of local businessmen in Birmingham about an event promoting the World Games to be held in Alabama in July. During a nearly seven-minute statement, Saban spoke to NIL, saying he believed in practice in theory but that he was being manipulated by some of his opponents in a way that threatened the very existence of college sports.
Saban believes that NIL is done the right way
Champagne made it clear that he was not opposed to the NIL when it was done “in the right way” and that he encouraged his players to hire agendas to create opportunities for themselves.
“Our players last year created $ 3 million worth of opportunities for themselves by doing it the right way,” Saban said. “I have no problem with that, and no one in our team had a problem with it because the kids who got the money won it … The problem with the name, the image and the resemblance is that the coaches are trying to create an advantage for themselves. “
What Champagne does not believe
He went on to describe a scenario in which programs hire external services funded by boosters who then “channel” money to players based on what a coach has promised them as recruits. He said Alabama is not doing that. He believes other programs do, and that it creates a situation in which new recruits require programs like Alabama to meet these offers or lose their services.
And that, he believes, represents the beginning of the end of college sports.
“If we start paying players, we have to eliminate sports,” said Sampan.
For reference, SEC sports programs generated $ 777.8 million in the fiscal year 2020-21. This number does not include bowl revenue.
Champagne: “A&M bought all the players in their team”
Then, without prompting, Saban began naming names. The first name was Texas A&M, which beat Alabama for the country’s No. 1 recruiting category in 2022, the first year NIL played during recruitment.
“We were second in recruitment last year, A&M was first,” said Saban. “A&M bought all the players on their team. It made a deal about the name, the image and the resemblance. We did not buy one player. I do not know if we will be able to keep it in the future because more and more people are doing it.”
Champagne then named Jackson State and Miami basketball.
“Read about it in the newspaper,” Sampan said. “Jackson State paid a man $ 1 million last year who was a very good Class I player to come to school. And they bragged about it. Nobody did anything about it. These guys in Miami who are going to play basketball for $ 400,000, “It’s in the newspaper. The guy tells you how he does it. But the NCAA can’t enforce its rules because it’s not against the law.”
Deion Sanders answers
Jackson State stunned college football in December by overturning No. 1 overall. The Rivals are recruiting Travis Hunter from the state of Florida to sign with HBCU. Saunders coaches Jackson State. He was not happy with Champagne’s comment.
Stay tuned for more comments from Coach Prime.
Fisher, meanwhile, did not deny Wednesday night. But he has heard these accusations again. He mocked them while speaking to CBS Sports in February.
“This $ 30 million deal is a joke,” Fisher said. “The fact that there is a fund out there and all these things that happened and were written in BroBible by someone called Sliced Bread and suddenly the country believes it, is a joke. It did not affect the recruitment at all … The people who “They want to comment on this. They have no idea what’s going on. It’s offensive to the players who come here and the people around us.”
This is definitely not the last thing we hear from Fisher.