Lane Kiffin doubles down on NIL criticism

Ole Overlook mentor Lane Kiffin took a playful shot at the Massive Ten all through his statements at SEC Media Times on Monday in Atlanta. When questioned about how Texas, Oklahoma, UCLA and USC will transition into their new leagues, Kiffin couldn’t aid but draw a distinction in between the two scenarios. 

“I suggest, I just say how it is, I don’t know that you can find a enormous jump into the Massive Ten,” Kiffin claimed. “I assume going to the SEC is a whole ‘nother animal. It can be a diverse earth. Said it for a extensive time: the SEC just suggests much more. And it does. It is different, it truly is in advance of the activity.” 

Twelve of the last 16 nationwide champions were being from the SEC, with a 13th set to enter the league in Texas. The Large Ten has only developed just one nationwide champion in the University Football Playoff era: Ohio State in 2014. The 2002 Buckeyes also received the championship, but no other Massive 10 group has won a title in the unified national championship era (due to the fact 1998). 

Moreover, Kiffin focused in on title, image and likeness throughout his time at the lectern. Kiffin was questioned what operates very best in the NIL globe of university soccer and was candid about what he believes is seriously driving points in the SEC. 

“It truly is like a payroll in baseball,” Kiffin reported. “What groups earn over a lengthy period of time? Teams that have high payrolls and can pay back gamers a large amount. We’re in a problem not any distinctive than that. I reported day just one, you legalize cheating, so get prepared for the folks that have the most funds to get gamers. Now you have it. It is what it is.” 

Kiffin made waves through an interview on National Signing Working day with 247Sporting activities by joking that Texas A&M and Texas deserved a “luxury tax” for how much revenue he alleges they threw at recruits in the 2022 signing class. Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher fired back again at Kiffin and Alabama coach Nick Saban for their assertions, but Kiffin is undeterred. 

“Ideally I would assume that the coach need to be portion of taking care of [NIL],” Kiffin stated. “Which is how you would want it accomplished. But I will not know if it will be that way or regardless of what, so which is just how I would do it. That’s based mostly off of on the lookout what transpires in experienced athletics: you will find income caps. The mentor and the standard manager regulate that.” 

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In addition to his reviews about NIL, Kiffin was his obviously candid self when talking about how this offseason has been just after foremost Ole Miss to the first 10-get normal period in method background. 

“I have signed a ton of mustard bottles and golf balls, which typically I haven’t,” Kiffin reported at the podium, referring back to a controversial acquire around Tennessee. “It is really been a exclusive offseason.” 

Is that a mustard bottle signed by Lane Kiffin? Certainly. Indeed it is.

— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 18, 2022