Archie Manning was privileged to see his children, Peyton and Eli, have Super Bowl-winning NFL races. Before seeing her offspring, the two-time Pro Bowler played Ole Miss in the late 1960s before playing with the Saints, Oilers and Vikings in the NFL. Nearly 40 years later, as he prepares to watch his grandson, Arch, navigate the college football scene, he is concerned about the current state of the game due to the chaotic nature of the name, image, and rules of resemblance.
During the first annual Nick Saban Legacy Awards ceremony on Monday in Birmingham, Manning said he was not “crazy” about what NIL had done to alter the appearance.
“I wish they were a little more uniform throughout the school,” Manning said. “It’s like the wild and wild west. I know I love college football and I don’t want it ruined.”
Dellenger: College leaders are calling on the NCAA to enforce the new NIL guidelines
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On Thursday Illustrated SportsRoss Dellenger reported that leaders around college sports have “firmly urged” the NCAA enforcement team to begin examining what would be considered recruiting infractions. In today’s college football landscape, donors have to “make pacts” with players before signing letters of intent. That’s what Colorado athletic director Rick George considers a violation of the rules the NCAA must change.
“This is the time we need to put our bet on the ground,” George said during this week’s NIL meetings in Phoenix. “This is not acceptable. What we are doing is not good for inter-university athletics, and it must be stopped.”
Like Manning, other college coaches in previous weeks have talked about the perceived NIL imbalance and, if left unchecked, will lead to major problems in the future of college sports.
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