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Saban: Tide to offer four-year scholarships

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Along with about 62 percent of all Division 1 institutions, Alabama voted in February to rescind a proposal that would allow for a significant change in how scholarships for student-athletes are handled, moving from the current one-year renewable model to four-year grants.

That majority wasn’t enough to override the proposal, however, and the multiyear scholarship option remains in place.  And, in fact, it’s an option the Tide intends to utilize.

Speaking to Cecil Hurt of, head coach Nick Saban confirmed that the football program will offer four-year scholarships beginning in 2013.  Saban said, in essence, that the uncertainty swirling around the issue forced the school’s hand into not speaking on the subject publicly.

“Last year, it was something that was tabled,” Saban said. “Then there was the vote to rescind. We just wanted to know exactly what the rule would be before we made a comment. What if we had started offering four-year scholarships and then the rule had been changed back?”

One thing Saban stressed, and probably hasn’t been stressed enough, is the fact that, while the sport is moving away from one-year scholarships to multiyear ones, a player can still have his scholarship stripped if he fails to meet his obligations off the field and in the classroom.

“Most of the conditions are still the same,” he says. “The player will still have to be academically eligible. He will still have to obey team rules and regulations. And the player is still going to have the same rights and the same appeals process that he has now.”

Saban added that he thinks all of the members of the SEC will offer four-year scholarships beginning next year.  Along with the Tide, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M voted earlier this month to rescind the proposal.

The reality is, though, Saban and the other coaches had no choice but to go along with the multiyear scholarships after the override failed.  Being a holdout, especially in the hyper-competitive SEC, would have put a school at a disadvantage on the recruiting front as it would’ve certainly been used against them.

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23 Responses to “Saban: Tide to offer four-year scholarships”
  1. thraiderskin says: Feb 28, 2012 7:25 PM

    I think this is great news for the athletes, before it seemed the system was only good for the universities and now it offers some protection to the athletes.

  2. rolltide510 says: Feb 28, 2012 7:28 PM

    It’s not great news for the athletes, it’s not news period.

    Absolutely nothing changes by a school claiming a scholarship is now “four years”. You’re either going to do things right and stay on the team or screw up and get kicked off.

    100% recruiting gimmick.

  3. Romulus says: Feb 28, 2012 7:45 PM

    If Saban had his way it would be year only scholarships, maybe just until after seasons end, then cut them to get better talent. what a sleez

  4. jason1214 says: Feb 28, 2012 7:47 PM

    Rolltide510, is absolutely correct. This is not news. Stay out of trouble and stay academically eligible you’ll spend 4 yrs on scholarship.

  5. me6661973 says: Feb 28, 2012 7:57 PM

    Yea he say that have something stating coach can take it away at anytime once he finds better. Yank you can play if you pay! This coach is no pepople person he little prick pays NCAA with weak season national Championships 2nd chance trys that other terams wont get!

  6. halo81 says: Feb 28, 2012 8:06 PM

    “Four year scholarships”?

    What the heck is that Nick?

    I wish people would read through the P.R. crap you’re pulling here for recruiting and call you on it and ask, “does this mean my redshirt senior kid loses his scholarship”?

    A scholarship is a scholarship in Division I-A football. They’re all the same. Four years, five years, six years … whatever.

    What a load of bunk.

  7. rolltide510 says: Feb 28, 2012 9:03 PM

    It’s interesting that a lot of people still don’t know that Saban wins championships by sacrificing babies on this gigantic pentagram located in a cave under Bryant-Denny stadium. He’s the worst human (if you can even call him that) that’s ever lived, absolutely vile in every way.

    100% of you would trade your coach for him in a hearbeat.

  8. seanb20124 says: Feb 28, 2012 9:13 PM

    So even if you can’t play worth a damn, you still get a 4 yr. ride. I don’t buy it at all.

  9. southernpatriots says: Feb 28, 2012 9:29 PM

    Coach Saban is doing the right thing. Hopefully, more universities will follow very soon. The players still have to obey team rules, attend and perform well at practices, even 2 a days, and make the grade in class, but given that performance (and maybe some attitudinal elements), they can have a scholarship for 4 years. Now to get the scholarships to actually pay for the cost of the school…oh well, that is another issue being dealt with by the NCAA?

    rolltide510: We gave you a thumbs up! Good humor, but the last line is not accurate, maybe 99% would have Saban, but LSU fans who were actually there with him and his team would not want him back at LSU.

  10. bigd88 says: Feb 29, 2012 12:01 AM

    Haha it’s funny because it’s coming from Nick Saban.
    Disclaimer: I would take Nick Saban as my head coach in a heartbeat.

  11. suprmous says: Feb 29, 2012 12:47 AM

    AMEN southernpatriots: “LSU fans who were actually there with him and his team would not want him back at LSU.” I’ve waited so long for somebody with some cred to come on here and support me with this. Bein one who a lot of folks want to string up and to dry out nobody seems to believe me but with you sayin it maybe now it’ll show I didn’t fall off of the turnip truck either today or yestday. In addition to this I’m still of the opinion that when somebody flashes the right kinda $$ in his face he’ll leave Bama just like what hes done before and that bein tuck his tail between his legs and run.

  12. southernpatriots says: Feb 29, 2012 5:20 AM

    suprmous: Thank you. Saban has a really good defensive mind. Also, he can play politics with the best of them, and sadly that is often required in college football coaches. His record is indisputable at Bama…2 NC in 3 years. If Bama can keep his pay up there in the nose bleed section with Brown of Texas and Stoops of Oklahoma, who tend to compete against one another every year for the highest paid coach, he will probably stay for awhile longer. Not too many programs can offer the huge salary and perks. Alabama’s influence in the SEC has grown over the past few years as well…they can just about throw a rock from Tuscaloosa and hit the SEC headquarters in Birmingham. I always see Tide staff there when I go by to visit or to bend an ear.

    Just about everyone in our extended family has been in Central Appalachia off and on since before Christmas. I guess I have been there the most, with only a few days home every now and then for R & R. We have been out of the loop for many things about LSU.

    Have you heard anything about offensive staff leaving for other places and Coach Miles having to replace many of them? I heard those rumors (and maybe hoped that would happen as well) but haven’t seen any of that yet. Spring practice and game are coming soon and there will be an extra day for fans to view the team. I hope that I see some great advancement in QB play and offensive imagination and execution.

  13. watchfullhose says: Feb 29, 2012 7:06 AM

    This is news. Schools won’t be able to recruit 33 players when they have 27 spots now (and just dump some underperforming junior). These schools are now making commitments to the kids and I think it’s great. There’s roughly 80 kids on a team….only a handful are good enough to go pro early.

  14. bigdinla says: Feb 29, 2012 8:23 AM

    LOL @ southern patriots and supermous.

    There is not a single intelligent football fan that would take the mad hatter over Saban. I don’t care if you do not like him as a person because he is the best all around coach in college football. He recruits and gameplans as well as any coach in the country. Some are good at recruiting( Miles) and some are good at gameplanning (Peterson), but there is no one as good at both.

  15. rolltide510 says: Feb 29, 2012 10:45 AM

    Oh, it warms my heart to hear how much LSU fans still love Les “with more” Miles. Is there any talk of a contract extension in the works?

  16. tigersgeaux says: Feb 29, 2012 1:50 PM

    yep, they are working on a contract extension at this time. Should be news when it all is worked out. All sides are happy with the present terms, however, the Board wishes to extend the term.

  17. boomerdt says: Feb 29, 2012 3:27 PM

    Why should a sports scholarship have a 4 year guarantee when an academic scholarship never has one? If you don’t post the grades – you lose your academic scholarship.

    Though I’m still of the belief if you can’t qualify for admission on your own – you shouldn’t get a special waiver just because you play football.

  18. rolltide510 says: Feb 29, 2012 4:34 PM

    And don’t stop there boomerdt. Its not just academic scholarships that require standards to be met, it’s every single other non-revenue sport.

    Those cruel and heartless track coaches crush the hopes and dreams of hard working kids every day.

  19. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 29, 2012 6:48 PM

    Sometimes here on CFT, I don’t know where to begin. We are glad for all University of Alabama football fans that Saban is your coach. May you enjoy all that entails. He is a good coach, even a great coach.

    We are glad that Les Miles is our coach. I have never wanted Saban back so I am one away from the 100% which of course cannot be 100% any longer. I don’t know ANY LSU fans that want Saban back. So that is at least 100 away from 100% with that particular group.

    Sports Talk radio in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette did a poll after the BCS fiasco. One would think there would be many LSU fans who wanted a new coach, or wanted Saban back. Neither was the case. With thousands of respondents, very few wanted Saban back and about the same number wanted Miles gone, which was less than 5%. Even a few fans from Texas, MS, AR, and TN telephoned in and they wanted Miles to stay.

    My local newspaper also did a poll following the BCS game…instead of 100% wanting Saban back or even wanting Miles gone, more than 90% were strong in their support for Miles, though many had questions, as do I, about the BCS.

    So rolltide53 posting: “100% of you would trade your coach for him in a hearbeat” is not only an exaggeration, but an outright lie.

  20. Deb says: Feb 29, 2012 8:57 PM

    rolltide53 made a generic post, not directed to LSU fans. He simply answered the ridiculous, infantile rantings that continually appear on CFT about Nick Saban. Of course, the LSU fans immediately assumed he was talking to them. Defensive much? :roll:

    Maybe we wouldn’t think you wanted Nick back if you weren’t so creepily preoccupied with the guy that you have to write PARAGRAPHS about how a satirical post that had nothing to do with you personally was “an outright lie” (Gasp!!). Grow up and get over it. Please.

  21. Deb says: Feb 29, 2012 9:00 PM

    And as usual when Saban’s name is mentioned, about five times more LSU fans are on this thread than Tide fans 😆

  22. lasseter1113 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:44 AM

    Amen rolltide510, Amen Deb!!!

    I wouldn’t go hanging Mr. Miles just yet. He had one bad game, it happens.

    I have said it before and I will say it again. If you don’t quickly develop a sense of humor on this site you are in trouble. 8~)

  23. tigersgeaux says: Mar 7, 2012 9:45 AM

    This is a generic post, not directed at Tide fans. It is satire….

    Nick C’est Bon is a pitiful human being. He yells and screams at players and acts like he is crazy. He walks over sick and hurting players.

    Nick C’est Bon is completely unwelcomed by 100% of all LSU fans around the world.

    Nick C’est Bon is completely hated by all Miami Dolphin fans.

    All Auburn fans, all B1G fans, all LSU fans, and now all PAC fans on CFT hate the Tide witch, who, like her Tide sycophants post on LSU threads whatever they want, but object to LSU fans posting on Tide/Nick C’est Bon threads.

    Unlike the Tide witch, all LSU fans have had Nick C’est Bon as our coach and we know him. She and the Tide fans have never had Miles as their coach and do not know him. As Auburn Tiger fans have told Tide witch before, she posts things she does not know about (pretending to be the expert.

    Tide witch calls unknown LSU fans “asses” when she is the biggest ASS of all. Tide witch tells posters she identifies as young boys, they need to “grow penises.” That is a general post and is satire folks, but is also truth.

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