Following Alabama’s embarrassing Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma in early January – the Tide had four underclassman declare for the n-f-l draft. And just a couple days ago, Vinnie Sunseri, an Alabama safety, made it five when he decided to forgo his senior year – after being injured for most of the 20-13 season.
Alabama head coach was asked about Sunseri’s move to go-pro.
“My philosophy is very clear to our players. If you’re a first round draft pick we’re very, very supportive of you coming out for the draft because of the business decision, the amount of money. But if you’re not one of those guys, we certainly feel you should come back to school, graduate from school, use your senior year to develop as a player and try to enhance your draft status for the next year,” said Saban.
Saban didn’t comment on Sunseri particularly, but did say that he thinks underclassman need to be a guaranteed draft selection before leaving school early.
“That’s the advice we give to each and every one of our players and this year we had a couple guys that probably don’t fit that category that made the decision to do it and we’ll be very supportive of them,” said Saban.
Today at the Senior Bowl practice, Saban commented that players are being noticed more at a younger age.
“I think more and more we’re getting the basketball mentality in football, that I can go right from high school to the NBA, more parents, more players, are going to college with the idea that I’m going to be there for three years and get out as fast as I can and get in the NFL,” said Saban.
Saban went on to say that players leaving early for that draft – is straight up, a bad idea.
“I don’t think the NFL wants this, I don’t really think that colleges want this. I don’t think it’s in the best interest for the players and I don’t know what the solution to the problem really is,” said Saban.