Shot fired: Nick Saban targets NIL in Texas A&M, Miami

Alabama Coach Nick Soap Talked about name, image and similarities for about seven minutes during a World Games event on Wednesday night.

A few seconds will be the most important.

Almost through his soliloquy where the current of soap consciousness led him through NIL’s motives, why it is good, why it is related and much more, he delivered this hoop:

“Last year we were second in recruitment, A&M was first,” Saban said. “A&M has bought every player on their team, made a deal for names, pictures and similarities. We didn’t buy a single player. But I don’t know if we will be able to maintain it in the future because more and more people are doing it. “

Texas A&M visits Alabama on October 8. Should be fun.

The evolution of NIL has taken many twists and turns in recent months as it has given birth to a life of its own. According to reports that five-star Niko Emaleva playing in Tennessee could earn up to $ 8 million from it.

Most in the NIL space agree that it has already distorted the logical notion that players who are already in college should be able to make money from their names, images and similes by running advertisements or events or signing autographs. -Play recruiting endowment scheme which completely starts recruiting in his head.

The key is stuck in the Texas A&M coach Jimbo FisherAfter the Aggies finished in No. 1 in the rival team rankings for the first time in the company’s history in 2002, the crux was that NIL had something to do with the final cycle of their hiring success.

The Aggies signed six five-star and 20 four-star prospects, compiled one of the best defensive line classes in rival history, and Fisher claimed it had nothing to do with the NIL.

At his signing day press conference in February, Fisher even mentioned Saban’s name, and Alabama quarterback Bryce Young’s so-called lucrative NIL deal as an embarrassment that Saban would publicize. This is not to compare Apple-to-Apple with the allegations leveled at Texas A&M because Young was already in Alabama when he supposedly made the deal but Fisher was hot anyway.

“And then say it for having coaches in our league and throughout this league, Clown Acts,” Fisher said on the day of the signing. “Irresponsible like hell. Multiple coaches in our league. And those who are obsessed with NIL, those who are obsessed with transfer portals, are using it the most and bragging about it the most. It’s the ironic part. It’s a joke and it bothers me.

“I know how to recruit some of these people. Go dig that. I know history, I know tradition and I know things. Trust me, you don’t want to go down that path. It’s ridiculous and it’s incredible and it’s irresponsible and I’m not just talking about one. Multiple people got NIL problems.

“It’s funny when Nick Saban said his quarterback got a $ 800,000 deal, it was great. Now it’s no longer a surprise, huh? If you don’t like it, we’re coming, get used to it. We’re not going anywhere.” Ball games are changing. And that’s not because of the NIL and what’s going on. “

To put it bluntly, Saban used other seemingly illusory examples of NIL Wednesday night to substantiate his claim, including Jackson State’s No. 1 overall recruiter, Travis Hunter, joining the final cycle of a major NIL deal where he said, “It was on paper and they bragged. No one did anything about it, “said Miami booster John Ruiz’s open – and almost arrogant – hunt for basketball players for the Hurricanes.

“The guy tells you how he’s doing it,” Saban said. “But the NCAA cannot enforce their rules because it is not against the law. That’s a problem. That’s a problem. And until we find something that protects them from prosecution, I don’t know what we’re going to do about it. “

NIL has transformed and changed college football recruitment. Soap’s comments sparked an off-season flame that will surely reach the College Station and Fisher’s office.

Maybe it means more in SEC. Soap’s comments on Wednesday night are very understandable.

Transcript of Nick Saban’s full commentary from the World Games event via AL.COM

“Names, images and similarities are a great idea for players. Players are always allowed to work. It’s a unique opportunity for them to make money by working and sign autographs using their own names, pictures and similes, whether it’s an advertisement or a commercial for a company or whatever.

“And I told our players when this whole thing starts to get agents, get representation and so you create opportunities for yourself. Our players created a সুযোগ 3 million opportunity for themselves by doing it right last year. I have no problem with that and no one in our team has a problem because those who got the money got it. There were only 25 people in our group who had a chance to make money.

“The problem with the names, images and similes is that the coaches are trying to create an advantage for themselves and say, ‘OK, how can we use this to our advantage?’ They have created what is called aggregate. A joint venture is an external marketing agency that is not affiliated with a university funded by alumni of the university and they give this joint millions of dollars and that marketing agency funnels it to the players. The coach knows how much money there is in the aggregate so he knows how much he can promise to each player.

“Names, images and similes are not what they were supposed to be. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. Every player is now saying, ‘What am I going to get?’

“My philosophy is that my job is to create a platform for our players so that they can be good people for themselves and their future, by graduating from school and building off-field careers and see if they can build a career on the field. It remains to be seen whether our players will make it to the next level. Our players have earned $ 1.7 billion in the NFL since 2010.

“We have created a lot of opportunities. We also have the highest graduation rate in college athletics. We have the most people graduating in four years. We’ve done a good job at that. But now in terms of hiring there are players in our state who want to come to Alabama when they grow up that they don’t promise us unless we say we’re going to give them what someone else will give them.

“My theory is that what we’ve done in college athletics is always the same: your scholarship is the same, they get the same Alston money, they get the same cost of attendance, they get the same academic support, they get the same medical help, everything is always the same. Said, I said, ‘We will have a joint but everyone will get equal opportunity from that joint.’

“You can earn as much as you want and I tell employers the same thing because our job is not to buy you here to come to school. I don’t know how you manage your locker room and I don’t know if it’s a sustainable model because one of you is going to give it to some player who comes to our school to come to our school. And then you’re going to come into the game completely thinking that I’m going to tell everyone that I told that guy to come to Alabama. And then he’s not going to play and he’s going to transfer and you’re going to say, I’ll never do that again. I don’t know how it works. I don’t know how you maintain a model like this.

“I know we’re going to lose recruits because I know someone else is willing to pay them more but names, images and metaphors are something that’s here and I think we have more supporters for the University of Alabama in all sports.” Players who are willing to sponsor, no matter what you call it, use their business to help your business, it will help our programs.

“The thing I’m afraid of at times is they’re just saying we have to pay our players. If we start paying players, we have to drop the sport. All of this is bad for college sports. We probably have 450 people on scholarships in Alabama who are female tennis players, female softball players, golfers, baseball players, non-revenue sports that have been able to make a better life for themselves over the years as they seek scholarships and participate in college athletics. Has been enabled.

“It simply came to our notice then. It’s not going to be something where people come and make money and decide where you go to school based on how much money you’re going to make. As an individual, as a student and as a player you should decide where the best opportunities for your development are which we have always tried to major and we will continue to do so and hopefully stay there. There are enough people out there who want to do this and I know the consequences are going to be tough for those who are spending a lot of money to get players.

“You read about them. You know who they are. Last year we were second in recruitment, A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team, made a deal for names, pictures and similarities. We didn’t buy a single player. But I don’t know we. Whether we will be able to sustain it in the future because more and more people are doing it.

“It’s difficult and people blame the NCAA. But in the NCAA’s defense, lawsuits from NCAA, like the transfer portal, are where we are. Every time someone wanted to transfer they would apply for a waiver. If the NCAA does not grant them a waiver so that they may be immediately eligible they file a lawsuit so that the NCAA backtracks and grants them a waiver.

“They said, ‘We’re just going to make a rule where everyone can move.’ That’s how it happened. So if the NCAA doesn’t get some protection from litigation that we have to get an antitrust or whatever it is from the federal government’s point of view it won’t change because they can’t enforce their rules exactly as Nate (Oats) said.

“We have a rule right now that we can’t use names, pictures and similes to entice a player to come to your school. Read about it in the paper. Jackson State paid লোক 1 million last year to a guy who was a really good Division I player and it was on paper and they bragged about it. No one did anything about it.

“These guys from Miami who are going to play basketball there for $ 400,000, it’s in the newspaper. The guy (John Ruiz) tells you how he’s doing it. But the NCAA cannot enforce their rules because it is not against the law. That’s a problem. That’s a problem. And until we find something that protects them from prosecution, I don’t know what we’re going to do about it. “

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