While discussing how the new NIL system is changing the college sports landscape on Tuesday's ESPN's First Take
, JJ Redick said Nick Saban and Dabo Swinny have recently lashed out because it's all about "control." No shite...
"For decades, college football and high-level college basketball has not been an amateur sport," Redick said. "And so now, instead of coming up with an equitable solution for the top athletes at the top schools, the NCAA, conferences and schools basically kicked the can and opened up the Wild, Wild, West. And that's where we are right now.
"It’s why a number of coaches have retired. It’s why Dabo Swinney has spoken out so vehemently against NIL, and it’s why Nick Saban has a real problem here. It comes down to control."
Redick said they're "acting out" after losing "a little bit of control of the situation." He later added that there was likely a better method of handling player payment, but the NCAA was "unwilling to share the pot" from TV revenue and high coaching salaries.