Tommy Tuberville ATLANTA – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Tommy Tuberville of the Auburn University Tigers reacts to a play against the Clemson Univeristy Tigers during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on December 31, 2007 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Auburn defeated Clemson 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

After courting weeks of controversy from his comments about White Supremacy, Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville finally can speak on a subject he may know about college athletics.

Several college coaches came to Washington this past week to discuss regulating NIL, allowing athletes to profit from their name, image, or likeness.

Tuberville, who once was a college football coach at Ole Miss, Auburn, and Cincinnati, gave his opinion on what he thought should be done.

He says the NIL as it stands now is a disaster.

“Today, we are meeting with coaches, athletic directors, and administrators from several different conferences here in Washington, D.C., talking about the disastrous new NIL rules. And they are a disaster,” Tuberville said.

Surprisingly, Tuberville does support athletes getting paid. However, he’s not a fan of the transfer portal.

“Now, I’ll tell you this,” Tuberville said. “I’m for players being able to be compensated for their hard work in athletics as well as academics. We have to come to some kind of agreement where we can help the NCAA make improvements to this runaway NIL situation that we’re in as we speak. Players transferring at any time? Players making deals with the help of agents with schools and then not being compensated after making these deals?

For once, as a senator, Tommy Tuberville may have a subject he and his fellow senators can agree on.


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Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.