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Ever since the NCAA changed its rules to allow athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness, college football has changed as money has now much more directly involved in college football recruiting, and Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban spoke on that a little bit this week.

During an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show this week, Nick Saban explained that he thinks college football is not particularly well regulated right now when it comes to NIL or recruiting, and he thinks that eventually, there will be a “thunderbolt” that forces some of that regulation. But until then, college football is just “a game of whoever’s willing to invest the most.”

“I think it’s going to continue in the same direction that it’s going until something happens, I call it a ‘thunderbolt,’ where maybe people start dropping sports because the finance part can’t make sense in terms of what you can reinvest in non-revenue sports, or some players out there don’t get what they were promised and there’s lots of lawsuits and stuff,” Saban said.

“I mean, there’s going to be some kind of a thunderbolt because this is not a system that we have right now that has any guardrails and in most competitive venues there are some guardrails that sort of control what you can and can’t do, whether it’s the NFL in terms of where you pick in the draft to create parity or whatever it is. Right now, it’s a game of whoever’s willing to invest the most has the best chance to have the best team.”

Until then, things are going to just trend the way they have for the past few years.