Have NIL Deals Changed College Football?
The Board of Directors approved an interim name, image and likeness (NIL) policy. The new policy allows the NCAA D1,D2 and D3 student-athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness as of July 1, 2021. The NCAA changed its NIL rules after dozens of states passed laws overturning the organization’s decision not to allow players to receive pay. This decision has caused dysfunction all across the college football world. Nick Saban, the head football coach at Alabama, alluded to his concerns regarding NIL deals when he said that rival college Texas A&M bought their top-ranked recruiting class. Saban then walked back his comments in an on campus interview when he said ‘’I’m not against name image and likeness. Our players made a lot of money last year in name, image and likeness. I told the players to get an agent, get representation, you know, make what you can make’’. Saban also went after the head coach at Jackson State and made the same accusations. But the question now is, have NIL deals changed college football forever?
After the conclusion of the 2021-2022 college football season, there was a lot of movement via the NCAA transfer portal. Players like Pitt WR Jordan Addison who was offered 3 million to come play for Head coach Lilcon Riley at USC. It’s not only football; it’s happening across every college sport. The truth is that college football will never be the same unless the NCAA puts restrictions on what colleges are allowed to do with name image and likeness.