Another day and another coach isn’t too happy about the way the NCAA has allowed it’s new name, image and likeness (NIL) to be handled. After hearing from Alabama’s Nick Saban, and Kansas’ Bill Self, we’re now hearing from Pro Football Hall of Famer and Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders. But the difference between the three coaches is while Saban and Self want stricter rules, Sanders says he has a solution.
In a TikTok/Twitter post, Sanders mentioned expanding coaching staffs as a solution ….
“When you start paying athletes like they’re professionals, you get athletes acting like they’re professional. And you don’t have staffs large enough and equipped enough to handle a young man with money. Let me go deeper. Handle a young man that’s making more money than some of the coaches on the staff.
“I suggest to you to allow college teams to hire more qualified men. Qualified. That can handle these young men that’s getting this money.”
NIL Deals Becoming Hollywood Free Agency? Sanders Thinks So
Right now as it stands players are going to the highest bidder. Last week, Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison, the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner (nation’s top WR) entered the transfer portal. And many believe he’ll end up at USC, Texas or Alabama, three schools with tons of NIL capital supply.
Last week Coach Prime has this to say about NIL deals.
“I like it. I love it for guys to be able to be paid for their name, image and likeness, but it’s becoming free agency and if you don’t have it, you’re not going to be able to compete. It’s just another way for me to keep the schools that don’t have the proper funding down.”
In his TikTok, Sanders, said it’s like a PPV event now.
“See, with NIL, it really ain’t NIL because it ain’t no name, image and likeness, it’s just pay-per-view right now. That’s what they’re doing at the big boys, little boys can’t compete with that. But anyway, you’ve got a problem.”
NIL Needs Hard Mandates To Abide By: Tampering Becoming An Issue?
With the guidelines as loose as they are, it is like free agency, to the point where the word tampering is being thrown around. In fact, Louisville head football coach Scott Satterfield said Alabama tampered with one of his players (Tyler Harrell) who signed with the Tide after entering the portal. Something Alabama head coach Nick Saban vehemently denied.
While new NIL guidelines were recently ironed out, they really only rehashed the current rules. The new focus seemed to be on boosters and keeping them at bay in every way.
This will continue to be the norm until some strict hard guidelines are put in place and mandated.