As of this writing, I am not sure if it was Lane Kiffin or his alterego, Joey Freshwater aka Jimmy Chestnut, doing the talking but either way the Ole Miss press conference on National Signing Day was a tasty treat.
Kiffin shared some concerns about how much money and resources certain schools in college football are spending, compared to others. Several times during his press conference, Kiffin used the term “salary caps” when describing what is happening right now around college football.
Then he let one rip right in the direction of the Aggies.
“I joked the other day I didn’t know if Texas A&M was going to incur a luxury tax with how much they paid their signing class,” Kiffin said.
Actually, fvck tht, quit whining… it’s the SEC…. if you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin’ …. and in the age of NIL, cheating doesn’t exist. Go get another bag man.
“We don’t have the same funding and resources as some of these schools do for these NIL deals, so it’s basically like dealing with different salary caps. We now have a sport that has completely different salary caps. And some of these schools are, like, whatever, five to ten times more than what everybody else can pay the players. I know nobody uses those phrases, but that is what it is.”
Kiffin had been around the pro game for a long time. His father was a defensive whiz that helped win a lot of games… he also helped get the Lane Train rolling as a validator.
The younger Kiffin dipped into that well of knowledge, comparing the NFL to what is happening inside the NCAA.
“Look to people that have done it a long time, they know what they’re doing. The NFL knows what they are doing. It’s not open free agency all year round for a reason,” he said. “You’ve got long-term contracts for a reason, so kids can’t leave at any point of any year at any time…
“So, what would the NFL look like if there were a couple teams in the NFL if their salary cap was 10 times more than everyone else’s salary cap?” Kiffin asked. “So, that’s where you’re headed. So they’re gonna have to do something. Or I guess they don’t. But, it is what it is.”
Sure, it’s a problem and he’ll have to deal with it until someone establishes some type of rules about how this new era of college football will be governed.
Until then, it is the Wild Wild West… so load up another round and get ready for the next round of recruiting.