Rick Barnes criticizes NCAA for NIL issues in hiring process
May 1, 2022
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) needed to make a lot of adjustments, according to Tennessee Volunteers college basketball head coaches Rick Barners. This relates to Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) in the organization, which, if left unaddressed, will worsen the problem.
Barners' desire to earn a profit as a coach was clear, thus he sought out the top players among the student-athletes. Nonetheless, Barners is concerned that the NIL is being viewed as a barrier to recruiting.
Thoughts on NCAA issues
Last Friday, Barners discussed various topics including NIL and the NCAA transfer portal with the OutKick 360 crew. He believed that the NCAA was truly unprepared for the NIL's impending influence. Almost every client with maximum potential now prioritizes money and profits. This has been the case for several years, and a change must be done, beginning with who controls the NCAA.
During a formal visit to discuss Tennessee with a potential client, Barners' misgivings about the role of the NIL were clear. During his last hiring cycle, Barners noticed a big difference. Players are currently presuming that the NIL offer is part of the team's recruiting strategy, especially because the amount of money on offer is not mentioned.
In reality, former Kansas State Wildcats player Nijel Pack transferred to Miami and signed a two-year contract worth $800,000 NIL. Players with a lot of clouts and who work for big agencies will have an advantage.
Despite the fact that all of the changes have ushered in a new era of collegiate athletics, Barners hopes that NIL can fulfill its original purpose. Specifically, after enrolling in a school, players will have the ability to promote themselves. In addition, they will earn if the athletes put on a show that is worth investing in.
Currently, the 'star' element, which has been in place since the recruitment process through the transfer site, will provide that benefit. He also hoped that the NCAA would not transfer players in order to benefit from athletes on the field, but instead would provide the finest school options for players to develop optimally in the right places. John Folkerson and Zakai Ziegler, for example, have benefited from the supply of educational facilities as well as their on-field performances.
According to Barners, the issue for the majority of today's portal players is not one of money. However, the majority of them lack the status of a celebrity that can be utilized as negotiating leverage in high-value transactions. In fact, he claims that this gateway system was used to locate the appropriate players.
Agents are still arranging large, 'paid' arrangements for players to make portal transfers. If nothing is done, and the NCAA or particular conferences are not regulated, it is evident which way these organizations will go. Barners feel the organization's future will be critical and centered on money and profit.
Tyreke Key signs contract with Tennessee
Barners is pleased with Key's addition to his team. According to him, Key has demonstrated that he is an effective and strong player who can fit into Barners' plans. Key, a former Clay County High School standout, averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game at Indiana State last season. He is also a 37.4% 3-pointer.