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Nick Saban: Coaches can be moral compass

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09:00 AM ET 07.20 | When asked about Aaron Hernandez and being responsible for players, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said, "We can be the moral compass for our young people but we cannot always be there to drive the ship."

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July 20, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Good for Nick. He is exactly right.

If other coaches churned their rosters at a 25% clip like Saban does, they would have comparable replacement units in the pipeline and could afford to kick bad apples off the team, or find them soft landing spots as medicals, or park them at JUCO's, or force them to give up their schollys and walk on, or ...

<stir, stir, stir>

July 20, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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<stir, stir, stir>

You are getting good at that.. ;)

July 20, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Ok seriously Saban IS right.

College coaches can control their players ... and the ones that are successful at controlling their players and their programs seem to have great success.

NFL coaches are losing more and more control every day.

NBA coaches lost control 10 years ago.

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July 20, 2013  09:40 AM ET

A moral compass in the SEC, are you kidding ? It's a win at all costs scenario, in that conference, which includes cheating and recruiting players with criminal backgrounds.

July 20, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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A moral compass in the SEC, are you kidding ? It's a win at all costs scenario, in that conference, which includes cheating and recruiting players with criminal backgrounds.

TZ Man pointed out yestarday that Saban wears a blue suit(er).

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July 20, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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and what is the problem with that..they just copying the NFL who employ said criminals..and video taping team practices..

Yep. They're trying to supply what the NFL demands.

July 20, 2013  10:12 AM ET

I dont have anything to say,, except 42-14.
Uncle, Uncle, Uncle!!!

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July 20, 2013  10:43 AM ET

Nick is right when he said "we cannot always be there to drive the ship.", but what worries me is that some head coaches ignore the recruits "checked past" and then when the recruits get into trouble in college, the coaches don't want to talk about it.

July 20, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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and what is the problem with that..they just copying the NFL who employ said criminals..and video taping team practices..

Actually, this a a huge problem "with recruiting players with criminal backgrounds". Let's not kid ourselfs into thinking that the SEC is the only conference that does this. Why does college football have to copy the NFL???

July 20, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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They're trying to supply what the NFL demands.

Why would college football feel the need to supply the NFL??

July 20, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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You are getting good at that.. ;)

LOL, yeah Dr. is the man. Now all he has to do is supply the popcorn!!!

July 20, 2013  10:58 AM ET
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Now about the whining about hurry up offenses.

Nick has already whined enough about the HUNH offense!!! Saban and others that don't like the HUNH don't want to adapt to the change, so instead of adjusting they want a safety rule change to stop it!!! No, Nick can not be there to "drive the ship.", but he has quite a bit of influence on recruits and the recruits "checked past"!!

July 20, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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Nick is right when he said "we cannot always be there to drive the ship.", but what worries me is that some head coaches ignore the recruits "checked past" and then when the recruits get into trouble in college, the coaches don't want to talk about it.

In addition some coaches allow the stars to get away with a lot of misbehavior like Urbie at Florida.

July 20, 2013  11:28 AM ET

Shouldn't be a problem if coaches will think/act in long term interest instead of short.

July 20, 2013  11:30 AM ET
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Shouldn't be a problem if coaches will think/act in long term interest instead of short.

Shouldn't be a problem if the colleges quit paying/hiring the coaches for winning, giving bonuses for Top 10 ranking, winning the CC, winning the NC..

meh

 
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