What Happens Now

jkleva's picture
September 20, 2013 at 8:57a

Just a hypothetical I want to post to eleven warriors readers. With the the news breaking that Texas Regents contacted Saban's agent and even though he denied the idea (we all know how that goes) what potential impact do you believe this has on recruiting? A lot of kids have Alabama on their short lists and even the rumor or innuendo of Saban leaving after the season is over could give horsepower to other programs when they are battling Saban for a recruit. Do you think this is a benefit for other schools trying to swing a recruit to their school and if so could you see it impacting the kids that Alabama ends up signing. A recruit on the fence might be scared away by the idea that Saban is gonna jump ship when the season is over. What do you guys and gals think. I personally think that a recruiter will use whatever tactic is needed to land a player for their program and think that just the rumor of Saban leaving could be good for everybody else and bad for Alabama! If Saban leaves let's be honest (regardless of ESPIN) that this would hurt the SEC (cause honestly it's really just a two or three horse race in that conference) and be positive for the other conferences and really positive for the BIG12.

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cplunk's picture

Likely no effect on the recruiting for Alabama. I doubt many people think he would go. 

luckynewman13's picture

I don't think it really has an affect on Alabama at this time. Unless Texas proposes some really outlandish salary offers (offers Alabama would come close to matching anyway), I just don't see how Texas is a better job right now.
I guess it really comes down to what you think of Saban as a person. The general feeling around "Nicky Satan" is that he's a mercenary that will bolt the moment he gets a better offer. But that is the problem, is there a better offer?
There is always the NFL, but the limited control he had over the Dolphins seemed to bother him quite a bit. I'm not sure he's given much thought to the NFL since then.
So who is Nick Saban? Is he the kind of guy who is content on relaxing in Tuscaloosa, sipping Sweet Tea, continuing to win multiple championships (probably) while getting paid loads of cash? Or is he truly that cold mercenary that always has that itch to move on, to prove he can do it anywhere?
What would be best for Saban's legacy? 2-3 more titles at Alabama? Or would bringing just 1 title to USC or Texas eclipse all that? I guess we'll see.

southbay's picture

I think Tuscaloosa is his last stop.

He won't be there forever. Just seems like it.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

If it has an impact I think it would just be a minor impact.  The only way their big recruits would possibly look elsewhere is if the story takes another turn to suggest Sabin is interested.  I don't think it will.  Most likely he will end his coaching career there. 

E2Brutus's picture

Saban isn't going anywhere. It's all just his agent and his way of getting Bama to give him an extension and salary bump.