The Weekender: Nick Saban and Kirby Smart Are Not Having Fun in the NIL World, Harbaugh to the NFL Rumors Burn Bright

1/9/2022 11:01:00 PM

The Weekender: NIL madness upsets the old guard, Jim Harbaugh to the NFL rumors burn hot, the Big Ten's hoops star power, and more.

The Weekender: NIL madness upsets the old guard, Jim Harbaugh to the NFL rumors burn hot, the Big Ten's hoops star power, and more.

College football powers are no fans of NIL madness, Jim Harbaugh to the NFL just won't die, and the Big Ten is packed with basketball stars this season.

Five-Star Apple Cart UpsetSpeaking ahead of their meeting in the College Football Playoff Championship Monday night, Alabama coach Nick Saban and Georgia coach Kirby Smartcalled for tighter regulationof Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) programs.Saban, the most successful coach of the modern era, is worried about NIL benefits being used to recruit players.

"I don't think that was the intention," Saban said."I don't think that would be the NCAA's intention. I think we probably need some kind of national legislation to sort of control that to some degree because I think there will be an imbalance relative to who can dominate college football if that's not regulated in some form or fashion."

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Own the group chat with The Weekender, highlighting the biggest stories in college sports, standout writing from Eleven Warriors, and a glance at what's next.Hey, fans of Party Down: Are we having fun yet? Well, you should be! Henry Pollard star Adam Scott just took to Instagram to share a picture of himself wearing Henry's iconic costume to get ready for the Starz revival.By John Garcia Jr.By.

Five-Star Apple Cart Upset Speaking ahead of their meeting in the College Football Playoff Championship Monday night, Alabama coach Nick Saban and Georgia coach Kirby Smart called for tighter regulation of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) programs. Saban, the most successful coach of the modern era, is worried about NIL benefits being used to recruit players. Getting to see Scott return as Henry with Ken Marino's Ron, Jane Lynch as Constance, Ryan Hansen as Kyle, and more just feels like getting to reunite with some of our old albeit dysfunctional friends from Los Angeles. "I don't think that was the intention," Saban said. “That’s absolutely not accurate,” Golding said."I don't think that would be the NCAA's intention. While working their catering jobs, they'd each wear a white button-down shirt with a light pink bowtie. I think we probably need some kind of national legislation to sort of control that to some degree because I think there will be an imbalance relative to who can dominate college football if that's not regulated in some form or fashion.

" Smart, for his part, was worried about the poor have-nots of the college football world. Still, getting to see him back in Henry Pollard's pink tie is more emotional than imaginable for fans of the short-lived series. The good thing about him is it’s black and white and you’re going to know. "You're going to have the haves and have nots, and the separation that is already there is going to grow larger," Smart said."The schools that have the capacity and the ability and are more competitive in the NIL market are going to be schools that step ahead on top of other schools. And as someone who has a pet cat named Ben Wyatt (or Benji as I like to call him), I was happy to see Scott on my TV again even if it meant there was no more Party Down. So I don't want (recruiting) decisions to be based on that, but ultimately a lot of young men want to make their decision based on that. Perhaps even softened, at least in terms of his interactions with the current players." Man, that's refreshing to hear Saban and Smart so concerned about schools that don't have the resources of the Alabamas and Georgias of the world. So it'll be interesting to see how Henry fares in the new show and, given his history of "success" in the original run of Party Down, it's probably not going to be great for him.

It probably has nothing to do with the NIL machine that Texas A&M boosters are spinning up, helping the Aggies to sign one of the .