Talk about a topic I never saw coming a couple of years ago! The amount a college player will receive in a year to play football? Who saw that in the future, even five years ago? Nonetheless, I was surprised to be notified about this article that listed the table below for the projected NIL amounts the top ten college players will receive. There are a number of names noticeably absent, and thus makes me wonder how accurate the projected number is for Oregon’s Bo Nix?
The first surprise is the amount of NIL for Bo at 1.5 million? Is Division Street really paying that NIL to Bo? The natural next question is whether he is worth that, and I believe Oregon fans would be very generous giving away someone else’s money, and thus would answer, yes. A fifth year senior who is effectively a coach on the field is more than just valuable–he is rare. If he had been selected even in the last round of the NFL Draft–it appears here that he would have been paid at least two to three times more, let alone the earnings in the higher rounds.
When comparing to the NFL, he is a bargain for Oregon at that price.
Who saw that last statement coming as well? This is all new ground for some of us Greybeards among Oregon fans, as I was alarmed with the amount of NIL at first, but when given perspective–I am accepting the new realities of the college game. This is not going away, but I feel more comfortable that Division Street makes it “legal” for Oregon athletes to benefit.
The Same NIL for an Unproven Quarterback?
So Coach Sander’s son has not played a down in D-1 football, and he is valued the same as Bo Nix? That is crazy until I remember that this is not about performance, as much as it is social media presence. I am sure that Neon-Deion has Shedeur Sanders rocking in his online presence. While I know life it not fair, but it sure seems that Bo deserves his a whole-lot more!
The Trojans Are SO FULL of It
Remember the post in the Our Beloved Ducks forum where it was shown how USC fans claim that the only reason Oregon wins in recruiting is because our “bag” is bigger with NIL? They write of Nike dollars, Phil’s money, of which none is true but they actually believe it?
Then I see what Bronny James, who verbaled to the Trojans recently is valued at? Is the USC NIL paying that? How much more is that than any athlete would ever be paid at Oregon? Their hypocrisy knows no bounds…
Not a big deal, but the juxtaposition of their claims about Oregon versus what they are actually doing? Who is winning the bidding wars? (This might be the most questions I’ve ever posed in an article, as I can’t help slapping my forehead)
Is the 1.5 million justified for Bo? Let me know in the forum-with-decorum because…
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