They're coming for you, Nick Saban. They're coming for you hard. When NCAA Football Oversight Committee chairman Bob Bowlsby basically went out of his way Friday to say the association will take a "deep dive" into the size of football staffs, the NCAA's lasers were aimed directly at Tuscaloosa, Alabama. No one really had to say that and -- in fact -- they didn't during a conference call to announce the early signing period. But it's a widely held assumption that Alabama has the largest staff in college football. We're not talking the nine on-field coaches allowed by the NCAA; we're talking about everybody. Former Alabama offensive consultant Eric Kiesau provided a comprehensive inside look at the operation last year . "It's a whole other section of the building," Kiesau told me. "There are guys, like students, who played football in high school and love Alabama. They watch recruiting film all day long. Then you have your top guys. They start making cut-ups so the assistant coaches are more efficient with their time." The enduring image is of a highly-successful, efficiently-run, utterly brilliant football sweatshop. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. This is an organization so cost-effective, former Washington and USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was paid $28,000 just to consult. Kiesau says the number of Alabama analysts and consultants assisting full-time assistants numbers 10-15. Other coaches have told CBS Sports they suspect that number to be much higher. One big problem: No one really knows what that number is -- or what it should be. That's where staff size becomes an issue. To some, it is a symbol for the widening gap between the haves and have nots.
Hey, Nick Saban, the NCAA is coming to limit the size of your football staff
CBS Sports | Apr 20