A football coaching legend revealed he retired for this shocking reason

The game of football is once again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Something has to change.

And a football coaching legend revealed he retired for this shocking reason. 

Nick Saban says the new landscape of college football forced him out

Legendary University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban announced his retirement on January 10 following the Crimson Tide’s 27-20 overtime loss to eventual National Champion University of Michigan Wolverines in a College Football Playoff Semifinal game hosted at the Rose Bowl.

Saban recorded 16 consecutive top 10 finishes and won 6 national titles at Alabama.

But Saban didn’t retire because the game on the field evolved and the 73-year-old Saban couldn’t keep up.

Saban told Congress he retired because the new era of college football where players can rake in six and seven figures on name, image, and likeness deals combined with the transfer portal creating unlimited player movement led him to have enough.

“All the things I believed in for all these years, 50 years of coaching, no longer exist in college athletics,” Saban testified. “So, it always was about developing players. It was always about helping people be more successful in life.

In today’s college football, if a player doesn’t start immediately or if another school’s boosters offer a bigger NIL deal, players can transfer at the drop of a hat.

In the 2023-2024 transfer window a record 2,100 players entered the transfer portal.

Coaches and fans used to watch players mature over the course of four years on campus.

Now rosters turn over year to year at a greater rate than even the NFL.

Saban laments college football money grab

Saban told Congress he supports paying players, but that there needs to be federal NIL guidelines so all schools play by the same rules instead of 50 different states setting up 50 different NIL rules.

“As I’ve said before, name, image, and likeness is a great opportunity for them to create a brand for themselves,” Saban continued. “I’m not against that at all; but to come up with some kind of a system that still can help the development of young people, I think, is paramount to the future of college athletics.”

In his testimony, Saban revealed player’s parents tell him the only thing recruits care about is what kind of NIL package schools will offer them.

“We have all the recruits over on Sunday with their parents for breakfast, and [my wife] would always meet with the mothers and talk about how she was going to help impact their sons and how they would be well taken care of; and she came to me right before I retired and said, ‘Why are we doing this?’ And I said, ‘What do you mean?’ She said, ‘All they care about is how much you’re gonna pay them. They don’t care about how you’re gonna develop them, which is what we’ve always done. So, why are you doing this?’ So, to me, that was sort of a red alert that we really are creating a circumstance here that is not beneficial to the development of young people, which is why I always did what I did.”

College football built a bond with its fans because the game is about Saturday traditions, tailgates, fight songs, and the idea that the school is the common thread that unites fans, students, players, and coaches.

That’s all gone thanks to NIL and the transfer portal.

Nick Saban was the first coach to hit the bricks rather than deal with this new reality.

But he won’t be the last.

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