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During his Wednesday interview on McElory and Cubelic in the Morning, Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze
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During his Wednesday interview on McElory and Cubelic in the Morning, Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze didn't feel like paying for a QB via the transfer portal...
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"The options that you’re presented with: develop Payton, develop Holden [Geriner], develop Hank [Brown], develop Walker [White], or go spend a million dollars on this guy," Freeze said. "I just couldn’t bring myself to doing that because I wanted to put all the pieces together.

"Now, I’m not saying I won’t do that in time. But just currently, I think the guy’s proven."

"I believe in our quarterback room. I believe in Kent Austin," Freeze said. "I believe if you have the right pieces around Payton that we can have success. I think you saw some glimpses of that, and I don’t think we had a total package around him really."
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cajunmud17 days
The main thing is that we gotta keep gov out of it. These have to be private agreements between schools/conferences and players just like in the NFL...owners and players.

Once the playing field is leveled, salary caps & contracts, THEN we will know what a QB is worth.
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Luckydog17 days
For the 10th time, it’s is the Supreme Court and rulings that trump the ncaa. NCAA can’t do anything anymore due to the court recent rulings, or be sued
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GumboPot17 days
SCOTUS ruled in favor of Alston 9-0. Even your beloved "liberal" justices joined the "conservative" justices.
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AtlantaLSUfan17 days
It would be so easy for NCAA to apply a cap for player to receive. Instead, they just sit there being worthless.
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PeleofAnalytics17 days
And then it would be equally easy for a player to sue them and have the court tell them that the cap cannot be enforced. Sorry but the day of the NCAA is over. Their rules are just a house of cards just waiting for someone to file a lawsuit. Has the NCAA had a single court win in the past 10 years??? The only way a cap can be implemented is if the players are declared employees of the school or conference, they unionize, and then sign a CBA with their employer that agrees to a cap.
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TFH17 days
This is supreme ignorance. NIL = endorsements. In no way shape or form can endorsements be limited or capped.
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Billy Mays17 days
If Riley Leonard or whomever they got outbid for wins you multiple extra games per year, it's worth it.
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MT55517 days
This is a sport that is dying and has been since 2020. It’s a like star and it’s final stage. It reminds me of our country.
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AlterDWI17 days
Why pay for a QB when you could spend it on hookers??
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lsusteve118 days
Waiting on the hit piece from Yahoo
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Zarkinletch41618 days
Okay, I'll say it.....NIL, the transfer portal, and the NCAA is destroying collegiate football.

Kudos to Brian Kelly for refusing to go along with the "best team that money can buy" scheme.

I thought the purpose of a collegiate scholarship, was so a young athlete could get a quality education in a great university?
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Globetrotter74717 days
Anyone who willingly gives a competitive advantage to his opponents in the SEC will soon be unemployed.
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PeleofAnalytics17 days
Brian Kelly still has guys on his team that demanded NIL to go there. He is not some bastion of integrity because he was given a budget.
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Funny, because you guys blasted Saban for echoing similar sentiments.
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dstone1218 days
But he was cool with hookers on the cell phone. I don’t want to hear his shite.
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GusAU18 days
Ironic because we don't want to hear your bullshite.

You are too damn dense to understand his point.
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theballguy18 days
This man will be out of high level football pretty soon.
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GusAU18 days
You don't know shite you toothless moron.
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atltiger648718 days
I hate what college football has become
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Probably thought about how many hookers he could get for a million bucks
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KillTheGophers18 days
It is called semi pro football coach. Join the Sunbelt if you are going to complain about playing the cash game.
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PUB18 days
Then pull it out of the colleges and "amateur" sports, set a sliding scale like the NFL, have a draft with contractual obligations and free agency rules. It is out of control.
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DesScorp18 days
Oh, and tax the colleges. If they're going to be just another pro sports league, then the colleges can pay taxes like any other pro league.
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TROJANFORCEONE17 days
Our fund has more cash than some of yalls schools. State for example.
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MC560118 days
Crazy that it's come to this. Not even a mention of so called "NIL".. Straight pay to play and they aren't even trying to sugar coat it
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SuperOcean18 days
It's a zero sum game... Can't spend same money on QBs and escorts
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