Growing chorus of complaints against ‘Saban Rule’

There is a growing chorus of complaints about the “Saban Rule”. That doesn’t mean the rule will change (it likely won’t), but coaches who once favored the rule are now admitting they hate it.

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema told The Capital Times that he supported the rule, but now finds it hamstrings his recruiting efforts.

Bielema said he liked the rule change at first “because it put everybody on the same playing field.” The more he thought about it, however, the more he realized it handicapped coaches like himself who actually like to be on the road recruiting in April and May.

“One of the reasons I loved going out in the spring,” he said, “was there were a lot of coaches who wouldn’t do it.”

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Alabama’s ESPN-affiliate site announced hired Creg Stephenson as its lead writer it announced Wednesday. Stephenson provided useful analysis during his tenure covering Alabama for the Anniston Star. Crimson Confidential goes live June 9.

Croyle trying to prove he is a winner
He doesn’t have to prove that to coach Herm Edwards or the rest of the Chief’s staff. But fans and teammates want to see more, according to this Kansas City Star report below:

Too lazy to change the channel tonight
The highlight of American Idol? The guy who couldn’t sing complete with the USC marching band. And cheerleaders. I’m going to show my age. But Paula looked pretty good in that red dress. And Carrie Underwood looked pretty good too.

I know an SEC Notebook is overdue. I’ll try to get one done soon.