Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin whines about NIL money


Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin
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Get the world’s smallest violin ready – Lane Kiffin had the last anti-NIL take yesterday. He was confused at Ole Miss’s signing day press conference earlier today about Jimbo Fisher having the top incoming recruiting class, saying, “We don’t have the funding resources like some schools with the NIL deals… Somehow. way they’re going to have to master NIL. You have these salary caps, which allows players to sign millions before they play and other places that can’t.”

It gets more and more annoying when we hear it. Schools across the country have wildly different budgets for all sorts of things: recruitment, staff coaching, facilities, equipment, technology – the list goes on. Coaches get an eight figure salary. Kiffin himself earns more than $7 million a year. Boosters are donating huge amounts of money for new stadiums, new practice fields, new changing rooms, new dining rooms, new everything, to help recruit into their alma mater’s football programs – a phenomenon that is especially prevalent in the south – and yet reduce the imbalance we have. want to tackle the children get paid.

You can twist it any way you want, but when it comes down to it, Kiffin sues with a single imbalance in the diversified field of recruiting: the ability of athletes to monetize their own work. I don’t see him asking for a cap on coaches’ salaries. No, just the kids. They should be punished for not being able to recruit the athletes he wanted.

It feels like a preemptive excuse in case the rebels don’t play well in the coming seasons. They lose to A&M, Kiffin can just point and say, “Well, I told you. We just can’t compete with a school with a budget like That.”

And in a more disappointing move, Alabama head coach Nick Saban confirmed Kiffin’s statement, proverb“If we’re going to use name, picture and likeness for a child to come to our school, that’s where I draw the line.” Well, if you look back, Saban was actually the one who publicly advertised that his start-up QB brought in close to a million dollars in NIL deals, so while he might not go to some recruit’s house and say, “Here’s where the money … he’s not exactly tight-lipped about the financial opportunities his players have had with the Tide.

Frankly, it feels like the schools that have grown accustomed to being at the top of the pecking order are having a tantrum over a new tool being added to the mix. Why not Using NIL as a recruitment tool? It’s perfectly legal, it’s a great opportunity for the athletes, and, as Jimbo Fisher pointed out today, similar things have been going on under the table for a long time.

Where does all this arguing come from, you might ask? It all stems from an unverified bulletin board after claim that A&M boosters are willing to spend over $25 million on NIL deals for incoming athletes, which is why the Aggies finished with the best recruiting class. Fisher denied the rumor, but could there be any truth behind it? Absolute. If this were the case, is it completely legal and available to all schools in the NCAA? Absolute.

So instead of publicly complaining about it, it’s not clear to me why the coaches to whom schools pay millions of dollars each year don’t just do something about it. Go outside and talk to the boosters. Argue some money. You coach at Ole freaking Miss. You’re not the #1 rated program in the country, but you’re in the top 25, for God’s sake. And instead of moving with the times and doing your job, are these kids missing out on the opportunity to make some money? As Fisher himself said today, “irresponsible as hell.”

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