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first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium September 22, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Georgia defeated Alabama 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Nick Saban is not quite Steve Spurrier on the mic. Alabama’s legendary coach has his moments though. One of those came today.A new NCAA rule seems to target programs with giant football staffs, like Alabama. The Crimson Tide have started hiring numerous big names as analysts and other off-field positions. The most notable is probably Lake Kiffin, but Steve Sarkisian, and most recently, Butch Jones have done the same.With a new rule, only 20 staffers will be allowed to wear headsets on game day. This probably doesn’t have a huge impact on many schools, but Alabama has a small army on its football staff.Of course, this isn’t an issue that most were looking for the NCAA to tackle. During the SEC spring meetings in Florida today, that is a point that Saban made quite colorfully.Nick Saban’s waste-based quote about the new NCAA rule is making the rounds online today.Nick Saban on new NCAA rule on limiting staff to 20 headsets: “I don’t know who is driving all this stuff, but to me it’s kind of like mouse manure when you’re up to your ears in elephant doo doo.” pic.twitter.com/QBltiA4cVe— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) May 29, 2018We’ve seen the NCAA target rules at Alabama and other big programs before. From CBS Sports:The attempt to level the playing field probably won’t slow Saban down. He evolved in 2008 when a new “bump rule” was implemented after Saban and Urban Meyer “bumped” into prospects while not on official visits to their high schools in the spring. The same thing happened during multiple offseasons of “oversigning” debates.It might be a minor annoyance for Alabama this fall. I doubt it will change much about how Saban manages a game, or how he builds out his staff.Alabama gets a Power Five program to open the season and deal with this new rule for the first time. The Crimson Tide head to Orlando for a neutral site showdown with Louisville, which will be looking to adjust to post-Lamar Jackson life.Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, and The Citadel round out a pretty easy non-conference slate for Nick Saban’s club. Missouri is the rotating crossover SEC East opponent, to go along with the annual Tennessee game and the normal SEC West games for ‘Bama this year.last_img read more

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