How Nick Saban’s rising tide lifted Oklahoma and the rest of college football

How Nick Saban’s rising tide lifted Oklahoma and the rest of college football

The Lederman Jacket: Examining Saban's wide-ranging impact on the business of college football.

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

| Feb 1, 2024, 12:06pm CST

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

Feb 1, 2024, 12:06pm CST

We’re back to discuss some of the news flying around the Sooners this week before Ben Portnoy of Sports Business Journal makes his return to the show to discuss his piece exploring Nick Saban’s and his wide-ranging impact on the business that is major college football.

Episode highlights:

2:00: Washington guard transfer Geirean Hatchett’s commitment to Oklahoma (2:00)

4:15: The Sooners’ much-needed Tuesday night road win at Kansas State

5:30: The NCAA’s NIL-related investigation into Tennessee

8:00: Ben Portnoy of Sports Business Journal

13:02: Nick Saban: father of the off-field analyst staff

18:10: How coaching salaries jumped in the Saban era

21:52: The football facilities arms race

26:45: The crop of athletic directors in the Saban tree

Producer: Jacquelyn Musgrove

Creative Director: Michael Lane

Social media team: Bobby Howard

Director of Content: Mike Sherman

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Eli Lederman reports on the University of Oklahoma for Sellout Crowd. He began his professional career covering the University of Missouri with the Columbia Missourian and later worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before two years writing on the Sooners and Cowboys at the Tulsa World. Born and raised in Mamaroneck, New York, Lederman grew up a rabid consumer of the New York sports pages and an avid fan of the New York Mets. He entered sportswriting at 14 years old and later graduated from the University of Missouri. Away from the keyboard, he can usually be found exploring the Oklahoma City food scene or watching/playing fútbol (read: soccer). He can be reached at [email protected].

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