We should listen to Alabama football’s Nick Saban
The Transfer Portal has caused a paradigm shift in the world of college football. Players can now become free agents without a penalty, and teams can improve the roster without waiting for high schoolers to develop. Before this, Alabama football‘s Nick Saban tried to warn everyone what it would mean.
Before the Transfer Portal was common and the rules were changed, Saban shared his thoughts. He said that he expected good players to join good teams and for bad players to leave good teams.
“So, is that going to make the rich get richer?” Saban asked. “I don’t know. You can decide that.”
Needless to say, he knew exactly what was going to happen. He added that he didn’t expect Alabama football to lose elite players, and he knew that the Tide could add quality players when they had the chance to.
So, Nick Saban tried to warn the college football world, and no one listened. Instead, the rules changed to allow immediate eligibility for every transfer. Since then, the Tide have raked up some of the best players in college football.
Last year, Alabama added Jameson Williams and Henry To’o To’o. Williams is expected to go in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and To’o To’o was an elite linebacker who came back for another season.
This year, Alabama has already added a few studs. Eli Ricks will start for the Tide, and he will likely be the best corner in college football. On offense, Alabama added Jahmyr Gibbs, Jermaine Burton and Tyler Steen. They may be looking to add extra depth at receiver as well, so watch out for the rich to get even richer.
Now, Alabama has lost players as well. King Mwikuta and Drew Sanders left due to a lack of playing time. Shane Lee went to USC. On offense, Alabama lost players like Jahleel Billingsley, Paul Tyson, Tommy Brown, Javon Baker and Agiye Hall. These players have talent, but it is clear that the Tide added starters and lost depth pieces.
The rules are fair, and Alabama football is simply making moves to get better within the rules of the game. If you don’t like it, then you should have listened to Nick Saban earlier.