So long Nick Saban Rule? Discussions reportedly underway to revise long-criticized recruiting regulation
Nearly a decade after a rule was created to curtail in-person recruiting by college head coaches, thanks to Nick Saban, it may be on the way out.
At least it’s being discussed during an NCAA recruiting review, according to Bryan Fischer of Athlon Sports, who reported, “As part of a NCAA recruiting review, there have been discussions about eliminating the “Nick Saban rule,” which prevents head coaches from going on the road during the spring evaluation period. Debate will continue at D1 Council next week.”
In 2008, while coaches were not allowed to speak with recruits, there was a widely held believe at the time that certain coaches were bending the rules by arranging “random” path-crossings with players, Football Scoop reported.
For context, college football’s record-setting 13-month recruiting dead period ends on June 1, the first moment coaches are once again allowed to meet with recruits and evaluate talent in-person, 247Sports noted. The so-called “Saban rule” was passed in 2008, which at time, barred 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.
“A lot of guys don’t like to recruit. They see it as a necessary evil,” Saban said at the time, per Football Scoop. “I like the relationships with the players, with the coaches. I like watching football practice.”
As recruiting gets set to open up in a couple months for the first time in more than a year, this will be an interesting situation to monitor.