You probably could have guessed that Georgia head coach Kirby Smart was going to be asked about the name, image and likeness. It’s a hot topic in college sports, with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey calling for federal guidance in his intervention on Monday.
What you probably didn’t expect is for Smart to reveal a conversation he had with rap star and Georgia fan Quavo regarding name, image and likeness rule changes. .
“The first text I got was two weeks after NIL started, and he said, Coach, please tell the players to be selective who they put their mark on. what, “said Smart.” He used the term ‘thirsty.’ Don’t be thirsty. Be selective in what you do, selective in how you manage your branding.
Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis told reporters he didn’t think his head coach could name a single song Quavo appeared on.
He also gave perhaps the best line anyone has given on NIL yet.
“I’m confused by this, honestly. That’s a lot, ”said Davis. “But, yeah, I really didn’t do anything. My main goal is to play because you can’t get a NIL deal if you’re not good at football. The main objective is therefore to play football.
Davis added that he was grateful for the opportunity to make money using his own abilities. Smart echoed this sentiment as well.
But the Georgia head coach was quick to remind people of some of the pitfalls that come with the changes in the laws.
“We No 1 can’t make deals, so we put the emphasis on education,” Smart said. “We spend a lot of time on education. Imagine you are a young man 18, 19, 20, 21 and now going to pay taxes, okay you have a screening process on what I do, what I don’t do, and what are big decisions. And then also time management.
Smart believes much of the discussion around NIL will calm down once everyone adjusts to the new normal. The Georgia head coach revealed that parents have frequently asked questions about Georgia’s own NIL plan for potential athletes.
These recruiting issues are part of why Smart would also like to see a federal NIL policy, as opposed to the current setup where it differs from state to state.
“Do you want people who decide to go to school based on state law,” Smart asked rhetorically. “Or do you want the kids to decide to go to school with the best education, the best football program. The best decision for their family shouldn’t be based on NIL.
A number of players have already made deals, such as Kendall Milton, Kenny McIntosh, Zamir White, Jack Podlesny and quarterback JT Daniels.
The Georgia quarterback has shared his own thoughts on the matter, as he could be one of the most marketable players on the Georgia squad.
“I think for me and really a lot of the guys I’ve spoken to, considering that it was released on July 1, it’s pretty hard to do anything about it,” Daniels said. “We are therefore fully in season mode. I wish I could tell you more about NIL, but it’s just not a major focus for a lot of people I’ve spoken to.
There is still a lot of unknowns when it comes to the impact of the NIL changes on sports. The questions go far beyond recruiting and the impact on the locker room.
And Davis, one of the team’s greatest personalities, exemplified the potential and pitfalls that come with these changes perfectly.
“The fact that Quavo was talking about NIL shows you how great this thing is and how easy it is to get dissuaded from the main focus,” Davis said.
Kirby Smart shares hilarious story with Quavo about name, image and likeness changes
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