So, in response to a survey the Associated Press took of 357 Division I athletic directors came this cry of despair:
“NIL will be a game changer for all,” one respondent said. “Many will get out of college athletics as this is not what they signed up for. Schools should resist NIL and go Ivy [League] non-scholarship model. I do not see why NIL is good for all.”
It’s when you get a little further into the piece you find the giveaway:
Nearly 69% of respondents came from the 22 conferences that do not play FBS football. Only 10% of respondents came from the Power 5.
I give Chicken Little credit for cutting to the chase. No mention is made of what’s in it for college athletes, because that’s not really a concern for an AD. And if I were an AD at Podunk Southeast U, I’d love for the SEC to go Ivy League.
But it ain’t gonna happen. None of it. Just ask Tulane’s AD.
Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen was among the 15% of ADs who said they believe NIL payments will have no impact on competitive balance.
“The kids that are going to Alabama are still going to go to Alabama. The kids that are going to Southern Cal are still going to go to Southern Cal. The kids that are going to Tulane are still going to go to Tulane,” said Dannen, whose school competes at the top tier of Division I football (FBS) in the American Athletic Conference.
Looking back five years from now, which athletic director do you think will be proven right?