Get Comfortable With Institution Players Being Paid
Throughout the history of college games paying players equaled dishonest.
Instead of going off about stories that a multimillion-dollar, booster-funded NIL package is behind Texas A&M's monster enlisting class, the Aggies' coach could have added some sanity into the present panic extensive college football.
College athletes can now be waged for usage of their names, images and likenesses. The NCAA surrendered in this competition last year, bringing down the fences between two crowds that always seem to attach through capitalism.
People with Talent and People with Money
Everybody involved needs come to hold with this latest reality for college football to transition into its following iteration.
Until then, we'll catch what we had this week in the Southeastern Session, which was enthusiastically entertaining, though not awfully productive.
Fisher went glow on at his signing day broadcasting availability, taking goal at those who have continued unfounded reports that he and his staff were hired with a $30 million NIL battle chest behind them. He fortified his program and took to task that preserving internet misinformation, deprived of calling out Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin by title.
Totally comprehensible, no one wants to be titled a cheater, even while it's not clear that what you have been suspecting against the rules.
One specific portion of Fisher's diatribe stood out.
"To me, it's abusive to the players that we enrolled that that's why they would come here," he said. "You had ever been to a game here? You ever come to college here and see the schooling? You ever talk around the 12th Man and the Aggie system when you're completed? There isn’t a superior university in this country."
This is the outdated philosophy of college sporting. Even at school contest to openly embrace NIL, it is still some way "insulting" to blame an elite football performer of considering how much cash he could make when he chooses where to ply his trade.
The players have continually picked schools based on wealth. And we're not speaking hundred-dollar handshakes.
Money consumed on facilities with cascades and barbershops. Cash spent on locker lodgings with iPads at each stall. Money disbursed by fans to pack massive stadiums and make the euphoric game-day capable players dream about.
Now the cash can go straight into the players' bags.
Fisher was correct to push back on the ground Texas A&M somehow has a partial advantage, that the Aggies took a shortcut to cross Alabama and Georgia in the employing rankings.
But it similarly would have been enjoyable to hear him say: "We have a lot to propose at Texas A&M, comprising the chance for athletes, within the presently ambiguous procedures, to make wealth."
Finally, college sports need to get comfortable deliberating business at the tabletop.