ESPN and SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum had a lot to say about the recent call for rule changes regarding the NIL and student-athletes.
There has been a lot of chatter from coaches around the country including Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, calling for changes in the NIL process, which seems to be getting out of hand.
Nick Saban predicted the transfer portal and NIL chaos before it got started, and he's cleaning up. pic.twitter.com/huy4Z3yLrr
— Touchdown Alabama (@TDAlabamaMag) May 7, 2022
Decent time to revisit this statement from Dabo Swinney last December about the transfer portal and NIL. pic.twitter.com/446U48Dtp1
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A lot of the criticism comes after reports that USC head coach Lincoln Riley was tampering with Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison. Now, the NCAA has threatened to punish teams and boosters who go over the line in paying student-athletes, but Finebaum calls what the NCAA is trying to do “comical.”
“The easy thing to do right now is to call a coach and get one coach to accuse the other of cheating, and by the way, that’s always happened – off-camera, off the record,” he said. “But now, it’s happening on the public record. And it just doesn’t matter.”
Paul Finebaum opened up on tampering in college football on @macandcube on Monday.
“If you’re trying to get a guy, like the guy from Pittsburgh, you have to cheat. … You basically have to do one thing: you have to show him the money."
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Finebaum, who made an appearance on WJOX sports radio out of Birmingham, Alabama, continued to say:
“I mean, we’re not talking about Nick Saban and Kirby Smart and Jimbo Fisher here, we’re talking about coaches that need star players to maintain their viability,” Finebaum said. “I think everyone is pushing the envelope as much as you can, and some are just obliterating the line between good and evil here. There’s nobody in charge. That’s why the NCAA saying they’re going to crack down on somebody is so comical.”