College coaches, leaders share honest thoughts on the future of NIL: ‘We all feel like there are no rules’

Ten months after the era of names, images and similarities, university athletics has become a runaway satellite racing towards the sun. It is only a matter of time before someone or a program is burned.

At least, that’s one side of the story. Some coaches say it has never been harder for them. Others are rolling with the newly discovered rights of athletes. In the field? You have to admit, it has changed a bit… for now.

Again, that could all change because we have been at NIL for less than a year. June 30 marks the year since the NCAA Interim Policy (really, no policy) was announced before state NIL laws went into effect on July 1. Faculty athletics, since athletics is at the faculty, rabbit holes were quickly dug. NO benefits have turned into perceived incentives or “pay for the game”, largely due to the formation of a collective.

The NCAA has decided to step in, but will it be enough, and is it too late? At this point we are talking about the fact that the association has finally decided to try to enforce its rules.

Difference? The opposition is no longer just a compliance department. NFL marketing agents – which NIL allows – would not think of filing antitrust lawsuits during lunch.

“Different creates uncertainty, and uncertainty creates doubt. I don’t see a lot of positive things at the moment with [transfer] portal and NIL stuff, “Kansas basketball coach Bill Self told CBS Sports.

Whether the NCAA will rule in perceived excess or is it the way university athletics is moving forward remains to be decided.

CBS Sports recently gave stakeholders the opportunity to offer suggestions to fix the ship when it comes to NIL. They shared much more than opinions. They shared stories from the trenches. They shared their indignation.

They have mostly given a definition of what it means to play at the highest level of university athletics these days.

CBS Sports offered university sports leaders the opportunity to share their thoughts in the minutes or anonymously. Several Power Five administrators, plus coaches who play football and basketball, chose the latter option.


The good idea failed

  • “Certainly, the idea of ​​NIL was not to recruit boys from other teams, get them to come to their schools and pay them money or pay recruits at the front end, that’s not what it’s about. But that’s what it became.

    “I’m for players who make money from their name, image and similarities. But right now it has created a lot of unrest because we all feel there are no rules – or the rules that exist are not enforced. It creates a lot of jealousy. If you do nothing, you will fall behind “If you are extreme, you could expose yourself to being vulnerable to sanctions.” – Ohio state football coach Ryan Day

  • “I still think the original concept of NIL is good. We totally screwed it up because we weren’t ahead and we didn’t have the parameters.… No one is on the same page. We created this system now where we’re out of it. We’re completely outside.

    “Donors make contracts with student-athletes. Probably in some cases you don’t even know about it until they break up. None of that, in my opinion, is good.” – Power Five AD

  • “Six years ago, when attendance costs [stipend] the first time, we were surprised when a child asked, ‘What’s my monthly check?’ Now me [have that] on steroids. ” – Power Five football coach
  • “What about development? What about recruits? What about all the families you sell [in recruiting prospects] which ones do you enter and develop? You throw them away [transfer] children first in line after [players you recruited] put a lot of work into your program. That wouldn’t fly with us. ” – Power Five football coach

Wild wild west

  • “The coach of the middle major called the agent. [He wanted] $ 200,000. ’48 hours or my guy is on the portal. ‘ This is high school. ” – Power Five basketball coach
  • “Right now it’s really wild, wild west. If you are [Miami coach] Jim Larranaga, how are you trying to coach that team? With Isaiah Wong [whose NIL agent requested a new deal after Nigel Pack was paid more in NIL], you really are an NBA coach. You haven’t heard from Coach Larranaga. You are not from [AD Dan Radakovich], and you haven’t heard from the administrator of the men’s sports basketball program. The only person you’ve heard from is [Miami booster and collective chief] John Ruiz and his agent. ” – Power Five AD
  • “If you put together a reasonable package for a kid when he gets there, right now, most people would say the speed limit is 30 and you’re going 40. But calling someone else and paying $ 2 million for a child to leave it on campus is like going 150 miles per hour. Until they start enforcing the speed limit, there are no cops on the road. ” – Power Five football coach
  • “They’re amps. Where did it go? They’re collective amps. The guideline is to break the rules.” – West Virginia AD Shane Lyons, President of the NCAA Council

Best of a bad situation

  • “First of all, I think it is [NIL] wonderful. I took it all out [student] loans, I had no income from home. I kept doing that until I was 38. I know the value [players] they have money in their pocket. The players deserve it. ” – Oklahoma football coach Brent Venables
  • “I’m a fan of NIL. What happens to players who can use NIL to their advantage, I understand. Xavier Worthy was a hell of a player. … Of course people will try to use NIL to entice him to go to those schools. Xavier and I have a great relationship. I recruited him eight years before he even went to college. We have a really special relationship. “

    “Everyone thinks it’s all about the money now. Relationships are still important. I’m proud to be a relationship-based coach. I know dollars are important too. I’m not naive about it. But player development, connection with players, knowledge you support them in every aspect of their lives is still important. ” – Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian

The future of NIL

  • “The legal advice the NCAA received was [limiting NIL] it would spawn lawsuits. They decided not to take the risk. If you don’t take that risk, you’re just leaving members in trouble. Athletes who try to do it the right way also give up somewhat. …

    “Last fall we had NIL and the competition on the field looked something like before. Does it make life difficult for coaches and athletic administrators? Of course it is. When it comes to playing on Saturday, not knowing if there are fans in the stands or spectators at home [cares]. ” – Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby

  • “There has to be a way to get this thing back inside the protective fence. The NCAA is obviously nervous about putting restrictions on people. It’s not all NCAA. The reality is that there’s a completely different world out there. There’s an opportunity for third parties to infiltrate our world.” more than ever. I don’t know if we’ll hug him. The more you hug him, the more he changes shapes. ” – Myself
  • “It simply cannot happen, and I am convinced it will not last forever [in this form]. Now it’s starting to affect too many athletes, coaches and institutions. ” – Commissioner Big Ten Kevin Warren
  • “Let’s be honest. That’s where this game leads. If things go that way, we have to adjust to the times. An old proverb: ‘Adapt or die.'” – Sarkisian
  • “You are hoping [help is coming] sooner rather than later. If not, the bandits win. ” – Power Five football coach

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