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NCAA Considers Ending of ‘Nick Saban Rule’

NCAA Football: Alabama at Mississippi State

The NCAA is reportedly considering a change to the “Nick Saban rule,” which prohibits coaches from leaving campus to travel during the spring evaluation period in recruiting.

This news was first reported by Athlon Sports and the discussion is reportedly set to continue at the Division I Council next week.

College football’s 13-month recruiting dead period ends on June 1. This will be the first moment coaches are once again allowed to meet with recruits and evaluate talent in-person. The so-called “Saban rule” was passed in 2008, which at time, prevented head coaches from speaking with recruits on the road, but did allow for meetings with coaches and teachers who could share pertinent info on prospects.

 

How did this become the “Saban rule”?

Like so many other issues in college sports, allegations of cheating drove the bus.

There were complaints from across college football that Saban was arranging “coincidental” interactions with recruits, leading to the rule. But if you believe that really had any impact on Saban’s recruiting, you’re kidding yourself. Saban consistently has one of the top 3 classes in the country and has won six national championships.

The Crimson Tide’s 2021 signing class is the highest-rated class ever according to 247Sports.

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