Lynn Kevin of Ole Miss Rebels says coach involvement in channel money, maximum salary will help solve current issues with NIL

ATLANTA – Ole Miss Lane Kiffin football coach believes that in an ideal world, there would be an NFL-style system of name, image, and example where the head coach or general manager would have the ability to facilitate money from groups and donors, and each program would be held with a salary cap.

But because there’s no salary cap and coaches can’t participate in channeling NIL money, Kiffin said, “You have a whole other set of problems.”

“If you have reinforcers who decide who will pay to play and the coach is not involved in that, how does that work?” Kevin said on Monday at SEC Media Days. “Do they just go to pick who they want?…and then when they don’t play, how is it?

“So again, this wasn’t really thought about at all, in my opinion. And it created an enormous array of issues.”

Kiffin wasn’t afraid to talk about the NIL’s impact on recruitment.

On signing day in February, Kevin joked that Texas A&M University, who signed the first class, would “bear the luxury tax in the amount they paid for the signing class.”

“Not having kids is the most important thing in kids’ decision-making right now,” Kevin said Monday. “It’s. It’s their paycheck. So that’s for most people, not to mention when you’re 17 and a lot of them don’t come from money.”

Capitalizing on the offerings of Ole Miss donors and the appeal of the football program in general, Rebs has been active in the transfer portal, landing several notable players such as the former TCU star who succeeded Zach Evans and USC quarterback Jaxson Dart.

“On paper, it might look like we have to fit in because we filled in a lot of gaps with the transfer gates,” Kevin said. “… [But] We have to get them all together. It is a blended family. So this is a challenge.

“In fall camp it should be about X and O education as always, but we have so much cultural work to do that you don’t have to do much when it gets established because your best players have usually been your program for a year or two. So we’re looking forward to it. to this challenge.

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