Nick Saban sees fault in new SEC transfer rule

When it comes to change, not everyone is going to be on board.

First, Georgia coach Mark Richt questioned the implementation of the new SEC policy that prohibits accepting transfers of student-athletes with a history of domestic violence or sexual assault. Richt asked whether there should be discretion to allow someone who deserves a second chance.

Alabama coach Nick Saban took it a step further, however. According to Al.com, when Saban was asked "Were you in favor of the SEC rule that was passed about banning transfers for players who have had serious misconduct at their previous schools," he said he wasn't in favor of it.

"I'm supportive of the league," Saban said, according to Al.com. "I understand what they're trying to do, and I was really [looking] to clearly define exactly why -- or what -- I thought convicted and felonies should be involved in the rule, and I guess I got sort of misinterpreted.

"But one of the points that I tried to make was Cam Newton being in the SEC and Nick Marshall being in the SEC benefited the SEC, and it benefited those players."

While Newton's and Marshall's issues were not related to sexual assault or domestic violence, Saban's point was that a player who can't get in to the SEC will simply go elsewhere. In essence, the SEC's loss would be another conference's gain.

"What I'm most concerned about," he said, "I just think that we should have the same rules in the SEC as all the other Big 5 schools have because now we're not just talking about the SEC. We're talking about having a playoff -- no different than the NFL. One division in the NFL doesn't have different rules, different salary caps, different anything because the league knows that parity is the best competitive balance that you can create.

"So when we pass rules that other people that we have to compete against -- and if that is really what's best for the young people that we're dealing with here, the student-athletes that we're dealing with -- then it should be best for everyone, or otherwise we shouldn't do it."

For more of Saban's thoughts on the SEC's transfer rule, head to Al.com.