DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban wants a college football commissioner.
Speaking at the Southeastern Conference annual meetings Tuesday, Saban said satellite camps are “bad for college football.”
The Crimson Tide coach added “there needs to be somebody that looks out for what’s best for the game, not what’s best for the Big Ten or what’s best for the SEC or what’s best for Jim Harbaugh, but what’s best for the game of college football — the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players and the people that play it. That’s bigger than all of this.”
Saban said each of the Power Five conferences continue to politick for what they want, often creating the kind of chaos that surrounded satellite camps earlier this year. The NCAA Division I Board of Directors rescinded a proposed ban on satellite camps in April, rebuffing a request from the SEC and others and clearing the way for coaches to hold clinics far from their campuses.
Saban said someone should be overseeing all of it. Asked who he would want in the role, Saban didn’t have anyone specific in mind.
“I don’t have a candidate. I’m not in politics,” he said. “I’m just telling you what I think, what needs to be done.”
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