Despite a strong recruiting class, Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin feared players would ‘go to where they are best paid’ in the NIL era

After landing two of college football’s most coveted transfers, former USC quarterback Jaxson Dart and TCU running back Zach Evans, the Ole Miss Rebels have a Top 25 recruiting class ahead of National Day. signing on Wednesday.

But due to the transfer portal and new rules that allow college players to be paid for their name, image and likeness, Rebels coach Lane Kiffin says his program can’t compete with some of the teams. sports elite.

“We don’t have the same funding resources that some of these schools have for these NIL deals,” Kiffin said at a press conference Tuesday. “It’s basically different salary caps. Now we have a sport that has completely different salary caps and some of these schools have, whatever, five to 10 times more than everyone else in what they can pay. the players. I know nobody uses those phrases, but that’s the way it is.”

Ole Miss’ class is currently ranked No. 22 in the FBS, according to ESPN Recruiting. But the Rebels’ transportation ranks 11th in the SEC and well behind Texas A&M, Alabama and Georgia, which have the three highest-rated classes.

“In free agency in the NFL, players generally make the most money,” Kiffin said. “Once in a while they don’t because they already have a lot of money. Well, these kids are 17 and 18. They’re going to go where they get paid the best. I’m not complaining, it’s just what it is. Wherever there are things created, there are often problems that people haven’t thought of. You just legalized paid players, like people used to cheat.

The Aggies are poised to sign their fourth consecutive top-10 class and their first No. 1 class in the ESPN 300 era.

“I joked the other day that I didn’t know if Texas A&M was going to incur a luxury tax on the amount they paid for their signature class,” Kiffin said.

Even though the Rebels announced Tuesday the addition of 13 mid-year registrants from the transfer portal, Kiffin criticized current NCAA rules that allow players to change schools once without having to sign up. miss a season.

“Like everything, this transfer case is not over,” Kiffin said. “Until they figure out how to do this better, you’re going to see a whole different group after Spring Ball giving up seats. It’s an ongoing thing.”

Kiffin suggested college football needs to adopt some sort of transfer policy similar to the NFL, which limits when its teams can sign free agents.

“Obviously look at people who have been doing it for a long time, they know what they are doing,” he said. “The NFL knows what it’s doing. It’s not year-round free agency and for a reason, and you have long-term contracts for a reason. Kids can’t leave at any time. what time of year all the time.

“Somehow they’re going to bet I bet try to control NIL because now you have these salary caps in some places, giving players millions of dollars before they play, and other places can’t do it NFL like if there were a few teams in the NFL where their salary cap was 10 times everyone else’s salary cap? That’s where we’re headed so they go have to do something.

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