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Saban Finds Way Around NCAA Rule

Plenty of good recruiting reading to start off the week. Consider this doozy. Alabama's Nick Saban has found a way around the so-called Saban Rule, which prohibits head coaches from visiting recruits during the spring contact period. The solution: a Web cam in Saban's office, with an address that assistant coaches can provide to recruits.

"You could see [Saban's] facial expressions and hand gestures just as if you were sitting across the desk from him," Allen Creasy, the coach of a player being recruited by the Tide, told the Birmingham News. "It's the next-best thing to being there in person."

In NCAA vernacular, this virtual meeting is treated as a phone call. And since a recruit can call coaches as many times as he wants (coaches can only make one call to a particular recruit this spring), the recruit can log on and see Saban as much as he wants.

Gotta love the NCAA and its coaches. Make a rule with a specific intent in mind, and the coaches will scheme a way around it - just like an opposing defense.

By Josh Barr  | April 28, 2008; 10:03 AM ET
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You have to love Nick Saban. Was he trained as a lawyer or something?

Posted by: Chris | April 28, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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