Nick Saban will (not) see you now 

July, 21, 2010
07/21/10
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We've moved into the next phase of the agent scandal story. Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban came out guns blazing, criticizing the NFL and agents.

This outburst is a result of Marcel Dareus -- expected to be a big player on Bama's D this year and a big player in last year's BCS title game -- coming under scrutiny regarding the party of an agent in Miami.

At the very least, I know this situation has scared NFL's college scouts, who rely on the access and cooperation of staffs like Saban's to do their jobs.

I spoke to one long-time scout last night. He told me about the consequences if Saban follows through on this:

    "We're neutered. We can do nothing. If Nick sets the precedent, I'd be shocked if the rest don't follow suit [and shut the doors to NFL scouts]."

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