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But Saban does support another proposal from the Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet,...

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But Saban does support another proposal from the Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet, which wants to delay scholarship offers. It wants to prohibit scholarship offers earlier than July 1 between a player's junior and senior years. Alabama already has commitments from 14 players for its 2011 signing class, though signing day is more than seven months away. "I really do think we need to control the timetable with recruiting," Saban said. "Guys get offered so early now, you really don't have a chance to evaluate them. That's not really fair to the young man or the institution, because if they early commit and they aren't what you thought they were, whether it's personally, academically or athletically, it can be a potentially tough situation for either side."

Don Kausler Jr.: Saban doesn't support NCAA proposal to limit support staffs Saban makes an interesting point about the very short time for evaluations and what it can entail. Coaches are effectively swamped with the season and the following year's recruiting class through about January, and with a lot of kids in the next class wanting to commit very early (March-May) that leaves coaches with very little time to evaluate lots of kids and very little information to do it with. We've seen some issues the past couple of years where we get some early commitments and then later beyond they go elsewhere after it seems like we really have not made them a priority, and perhaps the root issue in those cases is simply a lack of time to properly do the evaluation in the first place.