Ole Miss Coach Lane Kiffin Talks NIL on Rich Eisen Show: ‘It’s Professional Sport’
Whether you’re a fan or not, the NIL in college athletics is here to stay.
Ever since the NIL policy was approved last June, it’s been one of the hottest topics in the sport. While the NIL is applauded for allowing college athletes to profit from their likeness, it is also widely criticized for being used as a recruiting tool to influence high school recruit decisions or the transfer portal.
Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin has spoken in the past about his issues with NIL politics. On Friday, Kiffin had the opportunity to air his issues with NFL Network host Rich Eisen on The Rich Eisen Show.
Eisen began by asking the Ole Miss head coach if he agreed with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney’s comments about college football soon to face an “account” due of the NIL.
“I actually texted [Dabo] good job,” Kiffin said. “I’m all for kids making money…I’ve said this from day one, don’t cap any salaries in the NFL and how does that work? Different teams have different funds and then there are no real contracts on a lot of [NIL]players aren’t locked in, so technically everyone could be a free agent every year.”
Kiffin explained a possible loophole that could be exploited by star athletes if they felt inclined to do so.
“Think how messed up the system is,” Kiffin said. “If you’re a great player, you’re Bryce Young after winning the national championship last year, you should go to the [transfer] gate. Even if you want to stay in Alabama because all you’ll do is raise your price there.”
While the Alabama starting quarterback probably won’t enter the transfer portal anytime soon, it’s still crazy to think a maneuver like this could be achieved with the lack of structure around the NIL. .
Kiffen was asked what he thinks if an athlete threatens to leave and play elsewhere due to NIL compensation.
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“It’s professional sport,” Kiffin said. “It’s no different than a free agent saying I have this offer from the Raiders but will come to the Falcons if you match it.”
With little to no guidance or structure around the NIL agreements, college athletics could be heading for trouble if nothing is done soon.
And Kiffin is apparently at the forefront of this fight.
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