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The pall of last year's Penn State scandal could be felt way down in the Southeast, where multiple coaches and players were asked for their opinion on the matter. Nick Saban did well to tread carefully on such a provocative issue, but still managed to propose an out-of-the-box idea.
According to ESPN.com, Saban said:
Maybe they ought to tax all the tickets that they sell on athletics and give the proceeds to some child abuse organization. Or something like that, rather than worrying about some punishment that is really going to have no positive affect on anything.
He later stepped off that proposal, saying, "I probably shouldn't have said that. I'm just a regular old coach. I worry about what they do on third down..."
But in truth, Saban isn't just a regular old coach—he's probably the most powerful figure in all of college football. And even though he almost immediately regretted saying what he said, Saban's proposed taxation received a lot of positive support in the media.
Bonus: Saban also got in a dig about Steve Spurrier's visor. Nailed it!