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Nick Saban denies Alabama transfer player NIL opportunity per report

Nick Saban walks the sidelines
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If one wants to play for the University of Alabama, it cannot be solely focused on NIL opportunities.

Nick Saban attended the Alabama Football Coaches Association (ALFCA) Convention last Thursday in Montgomery, Ala. According to a report from Fox News, Saban discussed with coaches two player requests for NIL and his decision for both.

In the report, Saban said Alabama lost 10 players to the NCAA transfer portal — including one that wanted $500,000 and the university to pay for his girlfriend’s law school program. Saban said “he had to show that player the door.” 

It is unknown who Saban was referring to as he gave no names, but the report mentions Javion Cohen as the possible name. Cohen, a former two-year starter on Alabama’s offensive line, is now at Miami.

Saban has shared numerous times about what he likes and dislikes about NIL. He wants players to create value for themselves, but he wants it done the right way.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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