Nick Saban is NOT Playing NIL Games
Nick Saban is no stranger to change. The greatest coach to walk a collegiate sideline has been in coaching for half a century, and much has changed in that time. However, the changes name, image, and likeness deals have brought to college football have been above and beyond the largest change in his 50 years.
Saban has always adjusted to almost every change that has come his way to continue his dominance of the sport. He's pushing back on NIL a bit, though.
Recently, Saban reportedly talked about rejecting two players' NIL requests.
“Someone with one of the best corners in the nation came to me and asked if we’d pay them $800,000 for the player to sign here," Saban said. "I told him he can find another place to play. "I’m not paying a kid a bunch of NIL money before he earns it."
Another player had an arguably much more absurd request.
The player in question appears to be one of the ten players that transferred out of the program at the end of the regular season. His request was for half a million dollars and for his girlfriend to be admitted to Alabama's law school and receive a full ride.
Saban promptly told him to hit the portal.
Surely, some coaches will try to use this story to steer kids away from Alabama by telling them they're never going to have their NIL dreams realized in Tuscaloosa. Lane Kiffin personally tweeted out a Fox Sports article about the report. Saban is likely perfectly fine with that.