Since the arrival of Nick Saban in 2008, Alabama dominated college football, winning six National College Football Championships during that time. The sport’s seven different champions in 13 years have led to a perceived lack of parity.
One person who recognized this problem is Saban. By appearing on The Paul Finebaum ShowSaban lamented what little parity the sport currently has.
“One of the things I love seeing us being able to work on is that everything in college football has always had parity,” Saban said. “I don’t think we have that balance right now that could affect the parity of college football and college athletics as a whole. I know we have a lot of good people working on it, and I’m sure they will find a good solution.
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One area that has apparently increased the parity gap is the implementation of the name, image and likeness policy. Programs with access to more money have been able to use it to incentivize players to transfer to their schools, whether through local sponsorships or recall-focused “collectives” that pool money for ZERO expenses.
Some people in positions of power have suggested something needs to change on the transfer front. Iowa AD Gary Barta mentioned transfers would have to wait a year on transfer, while Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Mike Boynton agreed the NIL was not being used as intended.
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