Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made headlines recently with his extremely negative take on how the college football landscape has been altered by the implementation of NIL.
“I think there’s going to be a complete blowup … especially in football, and there needs to be,” Swinney told ESPN. “I think eventually there will be some type of break and another division. Right now, you got everybody in one group, and it’s not feasible. Alabama has different problems than Middle Tennessee, but we’re trying to make them all the same and it’s just not.”
A lot of folks didn’t take kindly to Swinney’ assessment. They felt like he was lambasting a system that allowed players to profit off their hard work, when coaches likes like him have been doing the very same thing this entire time.
This week, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin offered his two cents on the matter.
“I read that — I actually texted him, ‘Good job,’ on it because it is,” Kiffin said this week on The Rich Eisen Show.
“I’m for the kids making money. It’s just there’s no — I said it from Day 1. No salary cap in the NFL — how does that work? And different teams have different money, and there’s no real contracts off it because they’re not necessarily locked in. So technically, everybody could be a free agent every year. And really — think about how messed up the system is.
“If you’re a great player — you’re Bryce Young after the national championship last year. You should go in the portal — even if you wanted to stay at Alabama, ’cause all you’ll do is drive up your price there, because then the collectives, they’ll suddenly come with a lot of money, Alabama people to keep you. So what would any player do — to opt into a free agency every year? They would do it, test the market, and get the most you could.”
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But it’s hard to argue with his core point in this particular case. The NIL has changed things, and modifications will need to be made on all fronts to adjust to the new circumstances appropriately.