NIL, a circus-like transfer portal | Opinion

As many predicted, the NIL program has become a behemoth in college recruiting.

No one should blame college athletes who make money endorsing stuff. Using their name, image and likeness to raise money is a good idea. This is only fair since universities and coaches earn millions from their work.

But what is happening now is spiraling out of control. The high school class of 2023 will be the first to maneuver bundles of money as part of their scholarships and college destination. It’s become a complete circus with organ-grinder monkey boosters.

Now college administrators and coaches are demanding adjustments and more guidance.

Utah State varsity coaches are currently facing talks of opposing NIL offers from rookies in the field of a quarter million dollars or more. A Pac-12 school would have a “collective” telling recruits if they sign up, players can text “Thank you, United,” and their parents can fly for games for free.

A Division I coach told CBS sportscaster Dennis Dodd that the first thing that comes out of a rookie’s mouth is high demand. Dodd tweeted: “A Power 5 coach told me, right now in recruiting the process BEGINS with ‘null negotiations’.

This coach is disgusted.

The Athletic reviewed three contracts signed by athletes with different collectives associated with Power Five schools. A four-star receiver will receive $1 million over four years. A top-10 ranked defensive lineman will receive $1 million over three years and a three-star lineman will receive $500,000 over four years.

Stewart Mandell reported on a five-star 2023 rookie who signed an $8 million contract with a collective.

This issue, along with nutzoid traffic in the transfer portal, has brought instability to rosters and upset the chemistry of football and basketball teams. It’s a real thing.

The freedom to earn money and be more mobile as a college gamer began as a noble right, upheld by the Supreme Court.

Now we live with the results. He turned into a hollow of porcine egotism and put boosters in control of college sports.

Miami’s Isaiah Wong really stepped in last week when he allegedly threatened to enter the transfer portal because his lucrative NIL deal with LifeWallet appeared to be overtaken by an incoming transfer rookie. He had to clean it up later because he looked greedy and stupid.

Dodd reported via Twitter the American Football Coaches Association will recommend that the NCAA create two transfer portal windows instead of the current wide-open nine-month window. A window would be from the last Sunday in November until the early signing date – or five days after a player’s bowling game. The second window would be from April 15 to May 1. “Coaches would go ga-ga.”

This week in Arizona, NCAA officials and the Council of Presidents that governs the NCAA are discussing new guidelines to end what has become a rodeo of boosters actually getting involved in recruiting and offering “pay to play” offers. to recruits.

According to an SI.com report on that meeting, “In a seminal chapter of a seismic moment for college sports, the recommendations and potential subsequent investigations could have far-reaching impacts on the current landscape, where individual donors (guidelines) and donor groups (collective) communicated with prospects or their agents to arrange NIL transactions.

“Sports Illustrated spoke to more than two dozen college sports players over the past six months for a high-profile story that exposed the unregulated, high-priced bidding wars for college football players. and men’s basketball.”

Locally, the issue becomes a challenge as coaches at Utah, BYU, Utah State and Weber State figure out when they’re courting talent. It’s one thing to find a deal that works through an outside collective. It’s another thing to know what rival recruiters are telling prospects.

BYU coach Kalani Sitake recently did a radio interview and it resulted in a quote being pulled posted on RedditCFB which has done the rounds. It wasn’t meant to be flattering. That’s why it was taken out of context.

Here is exactly what Sitake said and elaborated on NIL, transcribed by Ben Criddle on ESPN960.

“I think there has to be a level of amateurism. I don’t know if money is the answer to everything. I don’t know if an 18/19 year old is supposed to have that much money in their bank account.

“Maybe there is a way to put it in an investment fund for the future. I don’t know if a college student’s first date should be going to a steakhouse like Ruth’s Chris. There’s nothing wrong with that, but what are you going to do for the second date? Going to the Bahamas?

“A student’s expectations are sometimes just to learn how to budget, stick to a budget and have a connection, hang out with their buddies and have a connection that isn’t based on money. I believe a college football player shouldn’t have student debt, which is why I really like the idea that Built (Bar) came along and relieved all of our extras of paying tuition.

“We try to make NIL work for the team, and if we can do that, if someone makes a little bit more money from their NIL, that’s fine, but it’s a team sport. , and we must concentrate on caring for the least of our brothers.

“When we do that, we care about them, and it makes you a better team and a better teammate. I love the camaraderie, connection and culture that we have on our program right now and I think it’s important that we as coaches and administrators make sure we manage it as much as possible and that we give the experience to the players and not just throw a lot of money at them.”

Sitake offered a reasoned and balanced reflection on what can benefit the student-athlete and how finances can work for long-term benefit.

Heaven knows that money itself is not the answer.

We need only look to our multimillionaire star athletes in sport to find bankruptcy and lost fortunes.

Money, Inc.com made a story about the lost fortunes of athletes who went bankrupt. Names included Vince Young, Mike Tyson, John Daly, Dennis Rodman, Sheryl Swoopes, OJ Simpson, Dorothy Hamill, Lawrence Taylor, Johnny Unitas, Rollie Fingers, Mark Brunell and Warren Sapp.

There is the money, then there is the team.

There is money, then there is actual financial wealth.

Boosters have been released. Many are on a feeding frenzy paying for the kids.

It might help to have more guidelines and more common sense for this new freedom.

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