FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Go ahead and complain all you want about name, picture, resemblance.
It’s probably going nowhere, and Ole Miss trainer Lane Kiffin agrees.
“We’re a professional sport,” he said said Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated“and they are professional players.”
For all his hijinks, Kiffin has emerged as one of the best, breaking through the haze and putting things into a much clearer picture.
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman is like that, but we haven’t heard much from him in the past few months, aside from making appearances at a few booster club reunions across the state.
Most of these guys talk in circles and generally don’t say much, although many people have to copy and paste the quotes and leave you to figure out what they’re saying on your own.
But as a side note, once the season starts, a coach would be a complete idiot to tell the media a lot about what he’s doing. His opponents usually have Internet access.
All the chaos collegiate athletics is in right now is because some coaches, like Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, refuse to acknowledge what’s going on. He is quick to accuse the media of lying.
When the lie is told, it’s not the media that spreads it.
The reality is, if the Aggies don’t have a group that gets the NIL money and word gets around, they’re crazier than even the Longhorns are saying they are.
And if Jimbo doesn’t know, he’s either lying or incompetent. Pick that, but usually the first person to accuse others of wrongdoing these days is the one who knows most about it.
However, it won’t go anywhere. Media friends tell me all the time that the NCAA will fix the problem. This kangaroo court couldn’t organize a funeral procession with just one car, and if they tried, it would take four hours and end up across the street from where it started.
“Okay, go ahead and wait,” Kiffin said Story at SI.com today. “As a coach and AD you won’t be there. There will be a new coach and AD. It’s here.”
All that’s going to happen in the future is some adjustments to things. There will be no salary cap (Kiffin believes that could solve the problems) until there is some sort of collective bargaining among the players.
Good luck with that.
A whole new take on collegiate athletics is coming. Probably in five years or less because there are now only about eight schools that will actually be able to win a national title.
In the college football playoff era, only 12 different teams have ever made the playoffs. Only five teams have won the title.
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Unless you’re one of about eight to twelve teams, you have a better chance of winning a lottery.
Kiffin knows the realities because the stories of players going somewhere for NIL are starting to unfold and not a single coach has been accused of using this. Okay, you have Jimbo blaming Nick Saban, but you can take what you will from this childish tirade.
In today’s social media world, he doesn’t have to.
“There was a player who went to a school where we were beaten and I asked him about the relationship with the head coach,” Kiffin said in the Story on SI.com. “He had never spoken to him.
Don’t worry anymore it’s coming. It is here.
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