The influx of college football money from the NIL worries coaches

UGA coach Kirby Smart

UGA coach Kirby Smart
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The first 12 months of NIL taught us a valuable lesson – that a lot of college football coaches are “pocket watchers”.

As the market continues to grow and transform, and as we approach the second season of college football in the age of NIL, the obsession with how much some players make shows us the hypocrisy that exists in a sport where some coaches make hundreds of millions of dollars “having concerns” about the thousands it brings. players.

There was always enough to walk around, however, you could still feel the greed on one side.

“You give a guy… $8000 a month or $6000 a month, you can say, ‘He’s worth it.’ Well, it might be worth it, if he wins it, if he goes out and plays,” UGA head coach Kirby Smart said recently At the Texas High School Coaches Association’s annual conference in San Antonio. “I’m all to take care of the guys that have been part of the program and start and play. It’s just a reverse system right now, where the bottom gets more reward than maybe the top comes out. And… that makes it really difficult.”

There is nothing “difficult” to understand this. The players are not in a union because they are not employees and they do not have a salary. Players don’t even get a portion of the billions of dollars in revenue they make for their schools and conventions from clothing and television deals. And in a world like this, realizing that everyone should have what they can get based on who they are is actually a simple – not “hard” – concept to understand.

“What do you think he’s doing with this?” Smart said of new incoming students who earn nothing more than older students. “Will that actually make him more successful in life? Because I promise you, if you gave me $10,000 a month in my freshman year of college, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. I think.”

For some reason, Smart thinks teens getting the leap at real-world money management is a bad thing, because he’d blow it up and make bad decisions. Mind you, these are words from a guy who just agreed to someone new 10-year deal worth $112.5 million This made him the highest-paid coach in college football. But with that said, Smart isn’t the one making the tackles, throwing and catching the ball, or putting the blocks out.

Smart’s new deal isn’t the problem here, as we’ve seen coaching contracts skyrocket lately. LSU’s Brian Kelly, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, Clemson’s Dabo Sweeney, Alabama’s Nick Saban, Michigan State’s Mel Tucker, and USC Lincoln Riley all have deals Pay $9 million annually – minimum. The problem is when these coaches hint that the amount players earn is “getting out of control”, or should be limited in some capacity as they are allowed to continue to get increments.

In 2014, Swinney threatened to quit if players were paid. Five years later, he signed a 10-year deal worth $92 million and He still hasn’t handed in his resignation letter. On SEC Media Day, Ole Miss Head Coach basically called NIL “Legalized fraud. And in May, Saban starts a war of words with Dion Sanders of Fisher and Jackson He also accused them of “buying players,” as the coach who brings the best recruiting class in the country each year feels NIL gives schools a “competitive advantage” when hiring.

Four years ago, the state of Alabama announced that it was upgrading its sports facilities with $600 million initiative for 10 years. You can’t make up these things if you try.

And if the NIL doesn’t reveal enough about the greed and selfishness that some of these coaches embody, there are things to come that will reveal more about these men. Pay close attention to how the instructors will handle the reorganization of conferences in the coming years, as the Governor of California. Gavin Newsom demands UC He publicly explained her decision to join the Big Ten – which plays the sport on the other side of the country. And just last week, the NCAA announced that The Council has recommended the first division Eliminating rules that restrict players from transferring multiple times opens the door for players to change schools and make their best business decision without spending a single season – focusing more on the transfer portal.

There’s no telling what college sports will look like in the coming years, because “soccer money” is why things are changing. By then, hopefully, players will have a bigger piece of the pie. But if they don’t, it’s likely because their coaches haven’t championed this part of the system’s evolution.