Nick Saban Present During ’10-Second’ NCAA Rule Discussion

Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles and Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban greet each other midfield before the start of their game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Sports Illustrated college football writer Stewart Mandel confirmed via Twitter that Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was present in the room during discussions of the controversial proposed NCAA rule limiting hurry-up offenses.

The plot thickens.

Saban was present, according to Mandel, along with Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema.

This news will not sit well with fans of teams that run the no-huddle spread. Auburn Tigers fans have been vocal since news of the proposed rule change was announced, with many saying the whole thing was a conspiracy involving Saban. The fact that Saban was present during the talks at least lends credence that one of college football’s most powerful men made his thoughts known to the NCAA.

Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Football

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  • srdfsef

    If you can’t win, change the rules!

    • Rocky Standridge

      I guess you haven’t watched much football. Alabama has won plenty.

  • chuck

    So are we just changing rules that have been in place for years and have had no effect on the game because some coaches can’t deal with them?

    • BamaHammer

      I’d must prefer officials enforce rules already on the books, and make sure they are set before the ball is snapped. It’s not the referee’s job to aid an offense b rushing to get the ball spotted before the entire crew is ready.

    • Rocky Standridge

      Its not about coaches. Its about the players. I love hearing you all cry about this stuff. Saban is in all your heads and I love it. RTR

      • chuck

        Our head coach is 1-0 against Saban. I doubt he’s in Gus’s head.

  • tideman89

    Sorry to inform you both, but the rules change all the time, for a host of different reasons. Perhaps you will remember the rule change effective this year regarding targeting? That too is being discussed again this off-season. Most of the changes discussed in the last few years are regarding player safety – which is the premiss of this rule discussion – and that is something we should all be in favor of.

  • Rocky Standridge

    Lol. Play football and quit looking like little girls running as fast as you can to get away. Line up and play football. If you can.

  • phukbammer

    Saban is a joke. He can win with top tier talent a bunch but let his team play a team with an innovative OC and he tries to get the rules changed when he loses. PATHETIC

  • Will Gold

    This would be the “waaaa, OU stomped us cuz we’re fat and slow and can’t keep up” rule. HAHAHA put your big girl panties on Saban and learn the game the way it is played these days.

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