Nick Saban, head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, is known as a no-nonsense, serious guy. In light of the recent controversy surrounding Johnny Manziel, Saban addressed his team about the dangers of signing autographs, warning them that the repercussions for the small gesture could be severe if money is involved.
Here are Saban’s thoughts, via USA Today Sports:
I think our compliance people do a good job with our players of making them understand that it’s not a problem for you to autograph for people. But it is against NCAA rules for you to accept anything for them. It’s in our team rules and policies, but we also have compliance meetings with our players once a month that we try to reinforce those rules. When something comes up that brings attention to it, we usually try to go reinforce it again. We try to keep a close watch on our players so that that’s not an issue or a problem.
We’ve had a plan to be aware of certain folks who have tried to do stuff to the players in the past. We just have to monitor those things all the time, but I trust our players. I trust our players to do the right thing.
Considering the tight ship Saban runs at Alabama, it’s difficult to imagine any of his players being dumb enough to sign autographs for money. Forget having the NCAA investigating you, incurring the wrath of Nick Saban seems like it’d be far more terrifying.
[Source: USA Today Sports]