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'Sometimes we take a sledgehammer to kill a fly' - per HC Nick Saban...

on 6/03/2017

Crimson Tide & NCAA Football:

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban said Tuesday he doesn't "get frustrated"!

Although he sure seemed to be at the least disappointed
 when asked about recently passed recruiting legislation.

The new recruiting rules which include a December early signing period were a hot topic as the SEC spring meetings kicked off in Destin. Saban, who has been at the forefront of the debate for years, was predictably displeased with the new changes.

He seemingly blamed paranoia over the SEC having perceived advantages as the reason for the recruiting rules overhaul.

"Sometimes we take a sledgehammer to kill a fly,"
Saban said, "and it has some unintended consequences which we may see here sometime in the future."

What kind of unintended consequences? Saban was quick to bring up the rule that could limit opportunities for high school coaches as he's done for months when the proposed legislation first came up for a vote.

Like SEC peers Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze and Auburn's Gus Malzahn have stated, Saban reiterated that he wouldn't be where he is today if he wasn't given an entry level position early in his career.

He even used it as an opportunity to defend the size of his staff which has been a source of agita in college football.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, the chairman of the football oversight committee, recently promised to do a "deep dive on personnel" which many associated with Alabama's large personnel department.

"Contrary to what everybody thinks, a lot of the reason that we have the staff that we have is to promote professional growth and to help people have an opportunity to be coaches," Saban said.

For recruits, he believes the December early signing period -- which even Saban admits was the best of the possible outcomes -- could hurt late bloomers who don't "get any opportunities to go any place because everybody has already signed everybody."

He again lamented intra-conference graduate transfers -- he's seems to be still bothered about Mo Smith transferring to Georgia -- and the possible "free agency" it'd create within the SEC.

He doesn't like the recruiting calendar changes that will allow recruits to take official visits in April, May and June next year.

"I don't think some of these things have been really thought out well," he said.

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