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Alabama coach Nick Saban during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Alabama’s Nick Saban On New NCAA Headset Rule: ‘It’s Like Mouse Manure’

The NCAA established a new rule earlier this month for the upcoming college football season that limits the number of headsets a team’s coaching staff can use during a game, but Nick Saban doesn’t seem particularly concerned about it.

Nick Saban Comments On NCAA Headset Rule

When responding to a question about the rule in a news conference on Tuesday, Alabama’s head coach said he feels he has much larger issues to deal with, although he used a funny animal metaphor to convey this opinion:

“I don’t know who is driving all this stuff, but to me it’s kind of like mouse manure when you’re up to your ears in elephant doo doo,” said Saban.

The new rule says a team’s coaching staff can’t use more than 20 headsets in a game. Per the NCAA’s website:

“Teams may use a maximum of 20 headsets on game days. Fifteen of those headsets will be designated for the coaching staff, including the head coach, assistant coaches, and graduate assistants.”

Saban has added several people to his coaching staff this offseason, including offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi and former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, who will serve in a minor role.

This is not the first time Saban has used a poop metaphor to describe a situation. According to, in 2015 he went on an angry rant about the Crimson Tide’s 45-21 victory over Georgia Southern in 2011. He said the opponents ran through Alabama’s “a— like s— through a tin horn.”

“We could not stop them,” Saban said of the Eagles.

Saban is one of the NCAA’s highest-paid coaches and has led a successful football program over the last few years.

Perhaps there are other football coaches who are not worried by the NCAA’s headset rule. Surely time will tell.


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Written by Pablo Mena