By the way, there’s one more interesting tidbit from that Dennis Dodd piece I linked to in the previous post.
A group of coaches support unionization as a way to get through the NIL debate, according to Todd Berry, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA the 130 FBS head coaches.
“If there is no cap, then how do you regulate this? Because the cap is the only you can regulate it,” Berry told CBS Sports. “That’s why a lot of our coaches are saying, ‘Let’s just let them unionize. Let’s take the NFL model and apply it to college ball. That’s the only way you’re going to have some type of kind of guidelines and controls.’
“Many of our coaches are beginning to believe the only way to get through this. I don’t see a way out. I’ve talked to a lot of lawyers and all that kind of stuff. I don’t see a way out of this until you all the sudden they’re employees and you start playing them and allow them to unionize.”
That’s the likely end game after the NCAA is faced with cleaning up the rubble from political and judicial reaction to the amateurism status quo. The coaches are just getting there sooner because they’ve either got direct NFL experience or know plenty of their peers who do.