Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin laments changes brought on by transfer portal: ‘We have free agency in college football’

College football has changed quite a bit in recent years since the transfer portal was introduced in 2018. And now, the addition of NIL has further complicated the recruiting process, as Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin recently explained.

Kiffin regretted some of the changes in college football in a recent interview with the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger. He said the changes are starting to look like something that looks a lot like free agency.

“I don’t think people really say it this way, but make no mistake: we have free agency in college football,” Kiffin said. “The kids a lot of times go where they get paid the most. Nobody else says that, maybe. But the kids say ‘This is what I get here from NIL.’ “

Kiffin doesn’t say it’s bad for players to get paid. Just think that the changes, which are meant to help players, don’t necessarily do exactly that. Why? Because teams are not required to keep their promises to recruit players.

Teams can promise more playing time. They can give an estimated NIL figure. But there’s also no blame for coaches or programs that don’t deliver on those promises.

“At least in the NFL there are free agent contracts so they know what it is and have to sign it, instead of places that say, ‘Hey, when you come here you’re going to get so much money,’ and then when you get there, do you really? Do you understand? ”Kiffin said. “It is a new world.”

In fact, it is a new world. Do you need proof? Just look at some of the top quarterback names on the transfer portal. Spencer Rattler, Bo Nix, Kedon Slovis, the list goes on.

There are much more player movement and a financial element that players should consider when moving.

However, Kiffin noted that the over-transferring has negatively affected the opportunity for some of the lower tier players, as scholarships are not available for untested talent.

“Going out on the road, there is a lot of frustration with junior college coaches and high school coaches because they feel like the kids who were at the lowest level getting offers are going to places at the end of class now. They are not, “Kiffin said. . “People are spending them on transfers. So now we have high school kids who have nowhere to go when they had places.”

And Kiffin also noted that some players are taking chances on the transfer portal and forgoing scholarships for greener pastures and promises of more playing time that aren’t always kept. He hopes to see that change as the NCAA and its member institutions adapt to the new rules.

“There is a lot going on that was initially a very good idea to help children,” Kiffin said.