Lane Kiffin amused by Saban’s college football ‘parity’ concerns

When the NCAA approved for college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness in July 2021, it chartered with it a new frontier in the college sports landscape. However, since the end of the first season of college football with NIL, several top sports coaches and athletes have spoken out, urging the NCAA to enforce the new NIL guidelines so the game doesn’t get “ruined.”

While parity in college sports, especially football, has been non-existent, NIL’s impact on the game and players entering the transfer portal has widened the gap between average, good and average teams. elite. However, Alabama football coach Nick Saban believes parity should be restored to college football. “One of the things I love seeing us being able to work on is that everything at BFC has always had parity,” Saban said. Told Paul Finebaum on The Paul Finebaum Show Friday.

Ole Miss Football coach Lane Kiffin, who was once an assistant under Saban, found his former coach’s comments comical. “I like [GOAT] but coach………. You’re feeling good ?? @AlabamaFTBL,” Kiffin tweetedby adding crying laughing emojis.

Kiffin’s answer is worth noting. How can sport “return to parity” if it never existed?

Let’s take a look at Saban’s resume as a college coach for a moment. Before coming to Alabama, Saban coached at LSU from 2000 to 2004, winning a BCS National Championship in 2003. After a disappointing stint in the NFL with the Dolphins, he came to Alabama in 2007. Over the past 15 seasons under Saban, the Crimson Tide appeared in nine national championship games and won six.

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Saban’s ability to get top-notch recruiting classes every year has been the source of his success. But the 70-year-old coach wants the sport he has dominated — in what many consider the best conference for college football — for more than two decades to include parity.

Kiffin’s follow-up response was even more perfect. “Paul [Finebaum] did you say what that word [email protected] Parity = “the state or condition of being equal, especially with respect to status or salary” @CFB,” Kiffin tweeted.

Even if more parity finds its way into college sports, especially football, Saban and the Crimson Tide will always be among the creme de la creme.

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