Alabama's Nick Saban questions whether NFL prospects would play spring football season – USA TODAY
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Count Nick Saban as someone who is skeptical a spring college football season could work, especially with the anticipated departure of NFL-ready prospects.
Speaking on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Tuesday, the Alabama Crimson Tide head coach questioned the option, saying upperclassmen or other elite players ready to make the pro jump will likely sit out.
“I think one of the real consequences of this is, if you’re a junior or a senior and you have an NFL grade, are you going to play in the spring?” Saban said. “Or is that going to become sort of a JV season with a lot of these juniors and seniors opting out?
“Everybody’s circumstances and situation is a little bit different,” Saban added. “I actually hate it for the players who won’t get the opportunity to play and compete and create value for themselves.”
The Southeastern Conference, Big 12 and ACC have all maintained plans to begin their seasons in September. Meanwhile, the two other Power 5 conferences, the Big Ten and Pac-12, have said their members will not play this fall.
“The biggest opponent that we have this year is going to be (coronavirus),” Saban said. “Because if we can’t get people to have the personal discipline to manage their personal bubble in a way that they can stay safe, which I think is very possible, then we’re going to have guys testing positive, guys in quarantine, and this is going to create issues on any team.”
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