Keenan Allen is a fine young man and a great player. We recruited him for a long time. We have a lot of respect for the family. I think that somewhere along the line - 10 days ago - the circumstances changed relative to his brother Zach getting a release and transferring and the two of them wanting to go to school (together). Then it becomes a matter as to whether we can take both guys or not. I think the people that could obviously had a big advantage. We were not in a position to do that because we were full."
— Gentry Estes: UA did not have a spot for Keenan Allen's brother It should come as no surprise whatsoever that Nick Saban took the high road when discussing Keenan Allen -- and to be absolutely certain, that was clearly the right move on his part -- but as one of the readers pointed out yesterday, the notion that we did not take Allen simply because we did not have a scholarship for his brother is completely and undeniably incorrect. We did have at least one more scholarship in hand (see Coleman and Stone), and we certainly could have given that to Maynard if the issue with Allen were so simple as finding a spot for his brother. In reality, that was not the issue that kept Allen from signing with Alabama, as anyone who is closely following the situation knows. Now, again, I certainly don't blame Saban for publicly saying what he did -- again, clearly the right move on his part -- but the point remains that in terms of objective truth, Saban may as well have followed up the statement on Allen by saying, "Look, I don't know how many times I gotta tell you, but I'm not going to be the Alabama coach, aight?"