Nick Saban has lengthy been an opponent of playoff enlargement in faculty soccer. Talking with Paul Finebaum on Tuesday, Saban reiterated his robust stance towards including groups to the School Soccer Playoff subject.
Even when the School Soccer Playoff was first launched within the 2014 season, Saban wasn’t an enormous fan of the thought. The Alabama soccer coach has repeatedly acknowledged his perception that the existence of the playoff decreases the worth of the opposite bowl video games. In his newest go to on ‘The Paul Finebaum Present,’ Saban puzzled aloud whether or not bowls might exist alongside a bigger School Soccer Playoff.
“I believe the playoff, as I stated a few years in the past once we had simply two groups within the playoff and expanded to 4, that the extra playoffs now we have the much less vital bowl video games are going to be,” Saban stated. “It’s actually not for me, and I don’t even suppose I’m able to judging how vital the constructive self-gratification that gamers, applications, and coaches get from with the ability to go to a bowl sport. Now, every thing has shifted to the 4 groups within the playoffs, and the bowls appear to be fairly insignificant. I believe if we develop the playoff, you’re going to see a continuation of that development the place the bowl video games turn into much less and fewer vital. Perhaps this stuff can’t coexist. In the event that they’re going to coexist, possibly we should always attempt to depart them just about the identical.”
Saban additionally expressed a priority that extra playoff video games would imply eliminating the SEC Championship Sport. From his perspective, the SEC title serves as a playoff matchup as a rule. On high of that, Saban doesn’t wish to put an excessive amount of bodily pressure on his gamers.
“I do know there may be a variety of curiosity within the playoff, however the different factor I’d be involved with is what number of video games do we have to play?” Saban stated. “The SEC Championship Sport, in case you take a look at it, many of the years we performed in these video games have been playoff video games. We have been enjoying any person within the high 5. It had an impression on who obtained within the playoff or championship sport. So, you’re going to remove that so you’ll be able to have extra playoff video games? Are we going to play much less video games within the common season so we will have extra playoff video games? I believe there’s solely so many video games in these guys. They’re student-athletes. They’re not simply soccer gamers. I believe a few of that needs to be considered as effectively.”
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These feedback from the Alabama head coach come shortly after the School Soccer Playoff committee met in Dallas and had discussions about the potential for enlargement.
“In its evaluation, the working group has reviewed some 63 prospects for change. These included 6-, 8-, 10-, 12- and 16-team choices, every with quite a lot of completely different eventualities,” a press launch acknowledged.