“It’s unfortunate that it slipped the way it did because I was one of the biggest advocates that the name, likeness and likeness (rule) must be there,” Smart said. “Look, it’s not for everyone; not everyone will make the same amount of money with it. I can accept that.
“What I can’t accept is a young man getting $10,000 a month for four or three years of college? That’s $120,000 a year. What do you think he’s doing with it? Does that actually make him more successful in life? Because I promise you, if you gave me $10,000 a month my freshman year, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. I believe that.”
Arkansas, Florida and Kentucky also take turns Wednesday.
Nick Saban did not speak and was not asked about Texas A&M and his conflict with Jimbo Fisher during his key media session Tuesday morning. But he queried it later in the day during an exchange of TV reporters.
“First of all, I don’t have any issues or issues with Jimbo,” Saban said when asked if he and Fisher had settled their disagreement over NIL. “He’s doing a great job for Texas A&M; he did a great job for us. You know, I take criticism or whatever positively to assess myself personally. Maybe there’s something I could do better. So I always consider any comments anyone makes. But there are no problems or problems.”
The former employees fought a war of words earlier this summer when Saban publicly accused Fisher and the Aggies of improperly using NIL funds to lure recruits into signing with them. Texas A&M signed the nation’s No. 1 class for 2022.
Mississippi State coach Mike Leach was asked if he would side with Fisher or Saban.
“I think they both kind of illustrate the frustration of how things are right now,” Leach said. “This is not sustainable, so something has to change.”
Gibbs advances with Tide
Former Georgia Tech star Jahmyr Gibbs has made a good first impression on his new teammates in Alabama.
“Um, he’s very fast,” said Alabama All-America fullback Will Anderson with a huge grin. “He’s a great running back. But the scariest thing about him, I think, is his ability to catch passes from the backfield. Running with him as a linebacker on bike routes or inclines or similar routes, I won’t lie, he’s gotten away from me a few times. It will be very scary to watch. He’s a great player.”
Gibbs, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior, averaged 5.2 yards per carry and had eight touchdowns in 19 career games at Georgia Tech. A former Dalton 4-star contender, he accumulated 1,805 total yards during his sophomore season, the second-most in a single season in tech history. He rushed for 746 yards and four touchdowns while adding 470 yards and two points on 36 receptions and also contributed 23 kickoff returns for 589 yards and a point in 2021.
man of few words
Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea used more than 2,000 words in his opening remarks to reporters in the main hall on Tuesday. Mike Leach of Mississippi offered five.
“I appreciate that,” he said to Commissioner Greg Sankey, who introduced him. “Any questions?”
Later, a reporter asked Leach why he didn’t attend the traditional debrief with the head coach.
“Well, I hate opening statements; I really don’t see the point of it,” Leach explained. “So, as opposed to sitting up here and thinking about a flowery opening statement, which is what I’ve done before, and then at the end of the opening statement, asking a bunch of people questions that were already addressed in my opening statement, I decided that we simply leave out the middleman. You go ahead and ask the questions and I go ahead and answer them.”
Ironically, that was one of Leach’s longest answers.
About Brian Kelly
Speaking of Lea, Vandy’s head coach spent three seasons as Brian Kelly’s defensive coordinator at Notre Dame. Now that Kelly is at LSU, Lea was asked about his former boss and how he might do at the SEC.
“Well, he’s a great dancer,” Lea said, laughing at his own joke before getting serious. “Coach Kelly, I would count him among my greatest mentors. He risked me as an unproven commodity. I was a linebacker coach who never coordinated. He gave me the chance of a lifetime. It wasn’t just that he gave me the job and said, ‘Hey, do it, let’s see if you succeed.’ He invested in me every day. I learned a lot from this experience, from developing this relationship.”