‘Every college football coach would tell you they’re frustrated’ with NIL, says Billy Napier

‘Every college football coach would tell you they’re frustrated’ with NIL, says Billy Napier

Florida football freshman head coach Billy Napier was frustrated with the current state of college football recruiting in the era of name, image and likeness after the fallout after the request of the prized quarterback Jaden Rashada to opt out of his National Letter of Intent at the University of Florida. The Gators skipper spoke to Kevin Brockway of Gator Sports about the matter on Wednesday, but didn’t go into too much detail.

“Any college football coach would tell you they’re frustrated,” Napier said. “We live in a fluid dynamic. There are a lot of good things about NIL, but I think the combination of NIL and the portal creates momentum, you have the bad things about the NFL but none of the good things.

“We are all aware of the issues and the parameters in which we compete at this stage. I think over time the market will stabilize.

NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from being involved in NIL deals, which limits the amount of information Napier is able to release to the press.

“I wish we could go into specifics, but we’re not allowed to,” Napier said. “The reality is NIL’s current structure with third parties involved, agents involved, marketing reps, attorneys, collectives, very fluid and I think a very unique dynamic.

“We live in a time of college athletics that we will remember. I think ultimately NIL is a strength for the Gators. We are very happy with where we are in relation to our current players, all the athletes and what we have been able to accomplish in a short time.

Of course, the Florida head coach harbors no ill will towards the young prospect, even after all the drama.

“I still have the utmost respect for him and his family,” Napier said.


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