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off-season college football it was all about tit-for-tat deals on names, pictures and likenesses (NIL) and redeployment at major conferences in sports.
Nick Saban from AlabamaJimbo Fischer of Texas A&M and Deion Sanders of Jackson State argued about how the NIL affected recruiting, while USC and UCLA made the shocking decision to announce their intentions to move from the Pac-12 conference to the Big Ten conference.
NIL deals and extra pay for college athletes is a relatively new thing, but athletes are cashing in. Bryce Young of Alabama signed with a local BMW dealership, running back Bijan Robinson of Texas made a deal with Lamborghini, and USC transfer Caleb Williams made a deal with Fanatics Authentic and Beats by Dre after joining the Trojans.
Tim Tebow was one of the biggest stars in American football from 2006 to 2009. He led the Gators to a national championship in 2008. He also won the title when he was a freshman in 2006. Tebow was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 2007.
Over the past year, Tebow partnered with Clean Juice and became the company’s national brand ambassador. Clean Juice also announced the first the franchise will open in Florida next month. In a recent interview with Fox News Digital, he said it’s hard to tell if he was actively involved with NIL during his collegiate career, but said “fences” should be in place.
“I think it’s so hard to answer a hypothetical question,” Tebow said. “It’s so different, right? I think the NIL part is really cool. You can see so many athletes being supported. everyone to understand what is possible and what is not.
“I think there is still a lot to be discovered. I think it’s difficult to answer this question. [hypothetical]but if you had the opportunity to collaborate with such wonderful people, that could be pretty cool too.”
The NCAA adopted its interim NIL policy in June 2021, days after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the organization was violating antitrust laws and student-athletes were not receiving compensation.
Tebow said he’s not surprised at how quickly the NIL has taken off.
“I thought when people were talking about it, I thought it was going to evolve pretty fast in some really good ways and in some ways people would have to figure it out. I think there is still a lot to be done. I hope the right people come together and do the right thing for student athletes and the right thing for the game,” Tebow told Fox News Digital.
“I think it’s very, very important. And not just for conferences. I hope they do the right thing for the players and the right thing for the game. And I hope they come first.”
The decision of Texas and Oklahoma to move to the SEC was made before USC and UCLA made the decision to move to the Big Ten. In addition, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB and UTSA moved from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference, while Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss headed to the Sun Belt.
Tebow predicted that college football could eventually be consolidated into three conferences.
“I still think that there should be at least three of them in my head and heart. I think it would be difficult to have only two. I think there are too many good teams that should be part of this. I really think it’s more of a move this way. I think at least three, I hope it will be at least as many. It’s too big across the country,” Tebow said.
“I mean, what is the ACC going to do? Will they have an ACC west coast league? What will happen to all the Big 12 teams, right? You have a SEC that’s going up, but, you know, there’s so much going on. There are so many hypotheses. And I’ll be honest, I don’t even think that many decision makers don’t even know what’s going to happen right now.”
Alabama certainly looked as favorites to win the national championship year after year. But Tebow said they definitely have one of the best teams in college football this year. He went even further and predicted that Crimson Tide would win the trophy in January 2023.
“If I had to guess right now, I would probably lean towards Bama. They are so talented. Literally, probably the best forward and the best defender on their team,” Tebow said. “They did a really good job with the transfer portal, got another running back, a couple more receivers. Their supporting roles will be really good. talented team.
“And I think Georgia, Ohio, everyone will be very good. If Texas A&M can position the quarterback, I think they’ll be really good. There are many teams that will compete. things for Bama, can you handle the SEC glove? It will be an exciting season.”