Saban: Alabama players surpass $3 million in NIL cash

ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Saban has expressed his issues with the status quo in name, image and likeness agreements and their use in recruiting.

But it’s not like the Alabama coach and his players haven’t benefited either. Saban said Crimson Tide players have won over $3 million in NIL money.

“The biggest concern is how does this impact and affect recruiting?” he said Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference Media Days. “On the recruiting track right now, there are a lot of people who use this as incentives to go to their school by making promises that they may or may not be able to keep in terms of what the players do. .

“I think that’s what can create a competitive balance issue between haves and have-nots. We’re one of the haves. Don’t think what I’m saying is a concern we have in Alabama because we are one of the haves.

The touchy subject boiled over in the offseason after Saban singled out Texas A&M and other schools for using NIL agreements in recruiting. Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher has hit back at his former boss and denied any wrongdoing in his program, which landed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.

“I think they both illustrate the frustration of the current situation,” Mississippi State coach Mike Leach said. “It’s not sustainable, so something will change.”

Leach says that as things stand, “college athletes have more privileges than anyone at any other professional level.”

“Go see your next favorite NFL guy, say, ‘Hey, I heard in the NFL they’re going to have unrestricted, 365, 24/7 free agency. And, by the way, there won’t be any salary caps or drafts, you’re just going to have bidding wars,” Leach said. “Just look at the expression on their faces. Don’t look at anything else and don’t write any notes, because the expression on their faces will be worth it.


Alabama quarterback Bryce Young says he can’t afford to rest after his Heisman Trophy-winning season. This is, after all, old news.

“I don’t feel like a finished product in any way,” Young said. “I have a lot of things I want to keep improving at.

“The way I see it, it’s an award that celebrates the past, which is an honor, but it doesn’t give me any rights in the future.”

Young is trying to join Archie Griffin (1964 and 1965) as the only two-time Heisman winner.


Shane Beamer didn’t let any of his fellow SEC coaches outplay him on media days, not even Alabama’s Saban.

South Carolina posted a hype video on Beamer’s social media ahead of her podium appearance. It showed Beamer strutting around in a crew meeting room for Soulja Boy’s “Turn My Swag On” earlier Tuesday at Columbia. The players wiped his brow, handed him a Gamecocks cap (which he put on backwards) and some sunglasses.

Beamer showed some movement as players held up lights in the background.

“Came in, changed clothes, knocked out in three takes,” he said later in Atlanta. “I had a lot of fun doing it too. I was a little surprised because one of our musicians thought I needed to hear the song, so I knew what the song was and I knew what the lyrics were. I’m not that old. I know who Soulja Boy is. I know some of the lyrics to this song. It was an easy question.


Mike Wright enters preseason camp as the starting quarterback for Vanderbilt.

Coach Clark Lea said he informed Wright and former starter Ken Seals of the decision after spring training.

“It’s about moving the ball,” Lea said. “One way to do that is to use a mobile quarterback. Mike Wright is one of the best in the country in this regard.

“We want him to develop as a total quarterback, which he is. He also demonstrated leadership abilities. We’re excited to have him come in the fall as a starting quarterback. He knows he has to earn this every day. It’s part of our alliance.

Wright showed off her personality and style of dress, enthusiastically discussing her Atlanta-bought suit sporting a red carnation.

“I’m a big fashion guy,” he said, saluting his costumer.


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