The introduction of NIL into the world of college athletics has been a gamechanger, seemingly having a major impact on whether or not some student-athletes go pro and where others decide to transfer. While there’s been a bit of a “sky is falling” mentality from a lot of coaches around the way are treating the changing landscape, it’s also helped student-athletes garner some of the financial windfalls that they create on the field, rather than watching it all go to coaches, schools, and sponsors.
The NCAA has stuck its head in the sand up until now, hoping that Congress might do something on its behalf. But now, as the drumbeat has gotten louder around the way NIL is impacting where college athletes play, they’re finally ready to enact some guidelines. And, if needed, punishments.
News: NCAA Board of Directors adopted NIL guidelines that clarify existing bylaws prohibiting boosters from recruiting, sources tell @SINow.
As @SINow reported last week, schools with boosters who have induced prospects thru NIL will be investigated, including past deals.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) May 9, 2022
Per SI’s Ross Dellenger, the NCAA Board of Directors has adopted NIL guidelines that clarify existing bylaws prohibiting boosters from recruiting. This will have a serious impact on the so-called collectives that have sprouted up at major universities around the country, including Ohio State, USC, and Notre Dame.
Dellenger also noted that schools with boosters who have used NIL to attract recruits and transfers will be investigated, including those deals that have already happened.
Whether or not the NCAA will have the teeth to make any impact here remains to be seen. And judging by the reaction to the news, most college sports folks don’t expect them to be able to do much.
The NCAA trying to fix a problem of its own doing. https://t.co/0Mggu0VdpN pic.twitter.com/Gvkidlp7VU
— Ben Stevens (@BenScottStevens) May 9, 2022
NCAA couldn't handle the kids being empowered for five minutes. https://t.co/v3k4JUduDF
— Dan Arestia (@danarestia) May 9, 2022
Boosters inducing prospects to sign through NIL deals? Say it isn't so! https://t.co/cvH7GaLUZ1
— Cedric Golden (@CedGolden) May 9, 2022
Hard to know exactly which teams this could impact, but expect big name programs to be neck-deep in all of this.
USC, Miami, Texas A&M, Tennessee, etc. could all be targeted by NCAA Enforcement based on the moves they've made over the past few months. https://t.co/J8w14rvFUK
— Sam Connon (@SamConnon) May 9, 2022
You’re never going to find better evidence that college athletes requires unions—this is what relying on the paternalism of the NCAA and universities gets you 👇🏻 https://t.co/nzdiel7GjC
— Happiness Vampire (@nkalamb) May 9, 2022
LOL … first resulting sanctions TBA in 2049 https://t.co/Fe0FCZjUKT
— Jason Frakes (@kyhighs) May 9, 2022
My guess as to how some schools might react to this… https://t.co/ejLlfVSyvg pic.twitter.com/rxyCtZpVAe
— Adam Krueger (@AdamKruegerTV) May 9, 2022
So basically, we're back to boosters going under the table again.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. https://t.co/TYw8GOMTrh
— Trey Mongrue (@TreyMongrue) May 9, 2022