In the shadow of the Cam Newton saga, Nick Saban faced a few questions on Wednesday morning’s SEC teleconference about the general nature of recruiting and the issues that arise in the process.
He said he’s “comfortable” with the SEC code of ethics although he wasn’t up to date on any issue other schools face.
“We’re all trying to get it right. We’re all trying to do the right thing so that we can control and keep the playing field balanced and level for everybody. But things happen in all professions that shouldn’t happen.
That’s why we have an NCAA to investigate circumstances and situations and I’m comfortable with how they do it. That’s up to them what they find and what they decide to do.”
Saban was then asked if his assistants ever report any kind of funny business by other schools on the recruiting trail.
“We do. And when we do have something, we do. But we don’t have a lot of that. Our focus here is different than some people.
And there is a paranoia in our profession that I think has existed from the beginning of time. And a lot of people in our profession are always looking at what someone else is doing. What I try to get our guys to do is, let’s take care of our business and our business will take care of us. In other words, let’s do what we’re supposed to do. Let’s evaluate. Let’s do the right things ourselves and let’s not be concerned with what everyone one else is doing and that’s the way I’ve always tried to do. …
“A lot of the things that people say, I mean, are not true. And I think one of the reasons that we have a lot of this now is with the internet. Everything that happens is public information and so there is a lot more attention on all these little things people say now than there maybe was at one time.
Interesting stuff. Feel free to decode and read between the lines as you please.