When Dabo Swinney talks publicly about the state of college football, and how it’s just not sustainable, he gets crucified.
If Nick Saban or Kirby Smart come out and say very similar things, we get crickets from the national media. We saw it play out over the past week or so.
Clemson’s head coach was killed in the media after an ESPN interview, in which Swinney said the sport was headed for a ‘blow up,’ with that probably being what needs to happen.
“I think there’s going to be a complete blowup, 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. I think you’ll have 40 or 50 teams and a commissioner and here are the rules.”
After that interview came out, Saban went on record publicly saying something similar, calling the current system “unsustainable.”
Now Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffing is speaking out again. Kiffin has already gone on record with his concerns over the lack of any legislation regarding the new NIL rules.
This time, Kiffin was specifically asked about Swinney’s comments, with the Ole Miss head coach saying he was not only in total agreement, but that he actually texted Swinney to tell him so.
“I read that, I actually texted him good job on it,” said Kiffin. “I’m for the kids making money. It’s just there’s no, and I said it from Day 1, no salary cap. 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.”
Kiffin made an excellent point about star players off winning teams entering the portal just to start a bidding war.
“If you’re a great player, you’re (Alabama QB) Bryce Young after the national championship last year, you should go in the portal even if you wanted to stay at Alabama,” Kiffin said. “Because all you will 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.”
“It has a lot to do where players go, and it should. We’re (talking about) 17-, 18-, 19-year-old kids. Adults choose jobs a lot of times for money, for salary. So why would a kid not?”
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