College coaches complaining about the transfer portal and NIL deals turning college athletics into the Wild West is the new salmon crudo, aka a dish so popular and served so often that Padma and Tom mocked its ubiquity during a episode of Excellent chef.
Dabo Swinney, Clemson coach complained about it — the transfer portal, no salmon crudo, this dish is delicious — last week. Anonymous Coaches disputed in February. Alabama coach Nick Saban and Georgia coach Kirby Smart had him in their sights just before facing each other for the national title.
Complaining about re-recruiting your roster is as cliché as making a Will Smith joke, only if complaining about re-recruiting your roster was funny and never got old. (Seriously, I was walking across the street behind a bunch of snotty 10-year-olds the other day, and one of them said, “Keep your name in my wife’s mouth,” and I laughed with them. .)
The coaches are not mistaken on the transfer portal creating a ruthless atmosphere. Go through some spring football stories and tell me you don’t get free agency, same faces/new places feeling after reading a few.
Former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler came out as a mate in this piece about his move to South Carolina. This state of Kansas narrative about QB Adrian Martinez, who came from Nebraska, raves about him like Daryl Morey raves about acquiring James Harden. Ohio State transfer Quinn Ewers is already “drop pennies” during practice at his new stop in Austin.
There is no point in staying at a school that can only offer tutelage under a choke and not instant gratification/baptism by snaps. Coaches can’t technically pay cash bonuses, although I’m sure rookies know where the NIL bargains are. (That’s not entirely true, schools have the option of paying student-athlete bonuses for good grades, but only 22 of 130 FBS-level universities chose to do so this year, according to an ESPN study.)
If the frivolous aspects of college life lose their novelty, the only incentives coaches have to offer are game time and a path to the NFL. When one of these two things doesn’t turn out the way the recruiter presented it, the back and forth begins between those looking for what’s best for a child/requesting a transfer and a personal of coaches pleading for another chance.
Florida quarterback Emory Jones announced he was entering the transfer gate after the Gasparilla Bowl only to get a new head coach, Bill Napier. bring him back. Napier’s argument for Jones to stay consisted of the usual key points raised by new signings.
It’s a “new culture” and a “new environment,” which Jones says was enough for him to embrace and trust the Gators again. These types of tired cases — the kind the kids have probably heard over and over during the recruiting process — sometimes work. But lately, more often than not, they’ve come across ears full of AirPods.
If only there was another form of currency to help these desperate coaches retain their workforce, er, student-athletes. What could be better than the promise of a possible repair? How about an actual payday. This piece isn’t just about free worker compensation that earns universities millions of dollars, it’s also a solution for coaches looking to reduce their workload. Paying players won’t eliminate the transfer portal entirely – there will always be a limited number of reps and opportunities available – but it could offer coaches a world in which the grass isn’t always greener on a another campus.
It’s unrealistic and unfair to think that a richer and richer scenario won’t further widen the rift between Alabama and the Vanderbilts, so how do you create a pay scale that rewards staying in a school and benefits players and coaches without declaring full -on capitalism?
Here is my proposal that will never be considered: every freshman starts with a base salary, say $25,000, and every year a player stays in a school, they get an additional $25,000. So a senior would earn $100,000, a junior would earn $75,000, and a second would receive $50,000. I just pulled $25,000 out of the sky because it’s easy to do the math, but you know what I mean.
Here’s the catch, if a player transfers, the salary is reset to a freshman level. I would add extenuating circumstances clauses like if your coach is fired you can transfer without penalty – which would also make schools reluctant to scroll teams like a Tinder profile.
I don’t know the players who follow a coach who leaves for a better paid job, as was the case with USC, Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams. Not that it matters, but I’m leaning towards, no, they should have to take a pay reset. (As long as I make up rules, what if that happens and a player follows a coach, the coach has to pay the difference. So Riley owes Williams $25,000 out of his newly pocketed pockets. padded every season Williams plays as USC.)
This idea is not well thought out, but it is one of thousands of potential solutions made possible by money.
People who say money doesn’t solve everything have probably never been broke. And these coaches aren’t broke, which is probably why they’re more concerned about the transfer portal than whether the system that made them millionaires is ethical.