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Paul Finebaum explains the real reason Nick Saban is voicing his concerns about NIL

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Paul Finebaum explains the real reason Nick Saban is voicing his concerns about NIL

Following day one of the SEC spring meetings, college football analyst Paul Finebaum joined ESPN’s Get Up to discuss the ongoing NIL conversation between the conference leadership. He revealed what he believes to be the real reason behind Nick Saban’s recent screed about Name, Image and Likeness reform.

Saban started a firestorm when he called out Texas A&M and Jimbo Fisher’s alleged NIL schemes and it’s been the main topic of the SEC meetings this week.

“[With] Nick Saban, this is not the first time he’s spoken [about NIL],” Finebaum said. “He’s really worked several members of the media privately over the last couple of months, and you know a few of them very well. (Likely everyone at SEC Network and ESPN) And he’s been trying to get his message out, but he really didn’t get it out very effectively. Because his message, as important as he is, is not really going to change anything.

“But as another coach told me yesterday, Nick Saban is concerned about a couple of things. We make a big deal about his age, he’ll be 71 [later this year], and he’s not old in the parlance of coaching, but he doesn’t have as much runway as these other coaches, including Jimbo Fisher. So, every recruiting class is critical for him to try to pile on some more national championships. And what he had over the rest of college football [in the past], he doesn’t have and that’s a stranglehold. That stranglehold has now been spread out and Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M are incredibly in better shape to recruit under the NIL model because they have so much more money at Texas A&M and in Texas.”

Fisher, Aggies pull in No. 1 recruiting class over Saban

The Alabama head coach has been one of the most vocal opponents of the direction of college football recruiting. Saban maintains that he approves of the system as it enables players to make money on their work. However, he continues to disapprove of colleges seemingly using money as a direct recruiting tool.

While speaking at an event celebrating the 50-day countdown to the World Games in Birmingham, Saban reportedly claimed that Texas A&M “bought every player on their team.”

“I know the consequence is going to be difficult for the people who are spending tons of money to get players,” Saban said via AL.com. “You read about it, you know who they are. We were second in recruiting last year. A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness.

“We didn’t buy one player. Aight? But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future, because more and more people are doing it. It’s tough.”

The Crimson Tide came in second to the Aggies in the 2022 recruiting class rankings. With nine On3 Consensus five-star signees, the class Texas A&M class was the best in history.

In 2009 or 2011 UTx went to the Alamo Bowl and made more money than Alabama did winning the national title. Alabama made about $100-105M, Texas made $125M and barely had a good drive to San Antonio. Their Alumni and Fanbase is so much larger that the associated sales of sportsgear, tickets, donations, etc UTx actually made more money than the National Champ. We like to think of how Big we are in the SEC. We are not. 

List of United States public university campuses by enrollment - Wikipedia

Ten largest public university campuses by enrollment during the 2021–22 academic year
Ranking University Location Enrollment Reference(s)
1 Texas A&M University[note 1] College Station, Texas 73,284 [1]
2 University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 70,406 [2]
3 Ohio State University[note 2] Columbus, Ohio 67,772 [3]
4 University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 60,613 [4]
5 Florida International University Miami, Florida 56,627 [5]
6 University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign Urbana/Champaign, Illinois 56,299 [6]
7 Arizona State University[note 3] Tempe, Arizona 54,866 [7]
8 Georgia State University Atlanta, Georgia 52,530 [8]
9 University of Minnesota Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota 52,376 [9]
10 University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 51,992 [10]
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University Undergrad Total Enrollment
Texas A&M 47,093 61,642
Florida 32,829 49,459
Alabama 30,752 36,047
Missouri 27,642 35,425
Georgia 26,882 35,197
LSU 25,572 31,044
South Carolina 24,866 32,971
Kentucky 22,223 29,203
Arkansas 21,836 26,237
Tennessee 21,664 30,386
Auburn 20,629 25,912
Ole Miss 18,101 22,503
Mississippi State 16,536 20,138
Vanderbilt 6,851 12,686

Alabama and Auburn are really small schools in comparison. The money raising, donations, organizational realities of these bigger schools will LIKELY have profound effects on college football going forward. 

What started TAMU in on the NIL with such force? TAMU was a whipping boy to UTx for decades. They resent that to their DNA. The 'rivalry' with Texas was not really a rivalry at all. 

All-time series Texas leads, 76–37–5[1]

Thats right boys and girls. While we have held our own with bama, TAMU was getting mudholed by Texas. The rivalry was not even close. TAMU wants nothing to do with going back to those days. Enter the NIL. Suddenly, the TAMU Folks have the equalizing device with Texas. THE NIL. 

The rest of the conference is taking note. The two big overwhelming in size and $$$ schools may be about to have a knockdown drag out war for dominance and soon some of the smaller schools may not be able to compete. 

Ohio State coach Ryan Day puts a number on NIL cost, says Buckeyes need $13 million to keep roster intact - CBSSports.com

What will that number be NEXT SEASON? $13M in 2022 may look like $15-18 next year. What about later on? Remember, there are no salary caps with NIL in College Football

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41 minutes ago, DKW 86 said:

The two big overwhelming in size and $$$ schools may be about to have a knockdown drag out war for dominance and soon some of the smaller schools may not be able to compete.

That’s always been the case for the most part. How many titles has Vandy, Duke, and Purdue won? They’ve been dominated by Bama, Clemson, and Ohio State for decades. The big rich powerful schools (who also don’t hesitate to bend the rules/academic standards) have always had the upper hand. And always will. 

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