Gary Patterson: SEC schools trying to poach with NIL

Gary Patterson: SEC schools trying to poach with NIL

One of the new realities with name, image and likeness (NIL) rights in college sports is the potential for that source of income to influence players’ decisions of where to play. According to TCU head coach Gary Patterson, that kind of recruiting is already going on — and it’s being aimed at players already on campus.

Patterson made the case that his own program should step up its efforts in encouraging NIL deals for his players, saying at a school-sponsored event Wednesday night that several SEC schools are trying to poach one of his players already.

“There’s five SEC schools calling him and telling him, ‘Here’s what we’ll give you if you come here and not stay at TCU,'” Patterson said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“At the end of the day, that’s just real life. … The rules have changed. There is no wrong anymore.”

Patterson’s stated objective is for business leaders in the Fort Worth, Texas area and other school supporters to step up and help his players more.

But the anecdote also calls into question the problem of coaches trying to poach from other programs, an occurrence liable to become more and more likely without further reform of the existing rules.

On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated reported that the NCAA is investigating giving schools a one-year waiver on class size limits, giving schools the option to replace up to seven players who leave in the transfer portal.

That could help provide relief to schools that suffer attrition, but it wouldn’t curtail said attrition either.

“The bottom line to it is I can lose 25-30 guys on scholarships by January,” Patterson said.

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