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The ongoing landscape soap opera Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) isn’t going away anytime soon, whether the coaches like it or not. Yes, some kind of legislation will eventually be passed, but Bob Stoops has called the rules set by the NCAA a failure.
There is no need to hash everything that has happened in the past twelve months when it comes to NIL. But what most college coaches agree on is how the lack of a rules structure has made this the wild west of college track and field. How does the NCAA expect to suddenly stop the influence of boosters? They won’t magically disappear after all the involvement we’ve seen over the past few months.
But all of this goes back to the NCAA, which wasn’t prepared or didn’t care enough to see what NIL would do once people realized it could be used for other purposes than just a deal with a local bar. What we’re seeing now is a huge shift in how we approach paying players, who deserve to be paid by the way. But coaches are now looking around the country and fed up with having to engage in a bidding war for a player. When it was all under the table, at least they didn’t have to discuss it.
Former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops appeared in “The Rush”, a talk show hosted by Tyler McComas and Teddy Lehman and broadcast across the state of Oklahoma. During his appearance, Stoops pointed out how bad the NCAA has done in enforcing the laws for one problem, while making hasty decisions regarding other cases that come across their desk.
“The bottom line, be careful what you want. It’s totally different than what we’ve been used to. In my opinion, we need a new leadership team. The NCAA and the way it was have really failed on the whole. Who follows the rules the most and how they apply it seems so ambiguous. Look at Oklahoma State and their basketball schedule and what happened to them, brutal and so wrong and so late. And then other teams, nothing happens to them.
“I’m not pointing the finger at anyone, it happens in football too,” added Stoops. “I’ve been very disillusioned for a long, long time about the NCAA. Only during my football years and how they enforce things or not.”
Stoops then mentioned an idea that could catch on now that the NCAA has failed so miserably.
“Maybe we need a new league of Power Five teams that have their own league, whatever their own: commissioner or board of directors. It may be necessary to put a salary cap on everyone and every team. Who knows? I don’t. I know. Again, I’m not experiencing it like these other people do. But from a distance, it seems like no one is in control of anything right now. I don’t know if it’s ever okay. “
It’s no surprise to hear former coaches and even current ones behind the scenes talk about breaking into their league, leaving the NCAA behind. Lack of scrutiny by the NCAA has been brought to the fore on many occasions over the past few years and it doesn’t look like things are going to get better anytime soon. Even when the NCAA decides to hire a new president, that person will likely need several years to troubleshoot some sports.
So hearing Kurds talk about some conferences leaving the NCAA and finding their own way of regulating football is not far-fetched. This latest NIL example is just another topic the NCAA has decided to drag their feet on, so they have no one to blame but themselves.
But Bob Stoops has no idea how college football is governed right now.
“Even the NFL has some rules, restrictions, guidelines, wage limits. Right?” Curves added. “All of this. And at the moment I don’t know if college football has any of this.”
It can be assumed that Bob Stoops is not a fan of how the NCAA was handled during this onslaught of new ideas in college football. But it’s also hard to find someone who doesn’t agree with him.