Are Group of Five schools getting left behind with NIL? | College Football Enquirer

Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel and Ross Dellenger are joined by Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde to discuss the gap between Power Five and Group of Five schools and how name, image and likeness could widen that gap even further. Hear the full conversation on the “College Football Enquirer” podcast - and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.

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ROSS DELLENGER: We all know that, right? Power Five teams poach NIL-- or G5 rosters with NIL. It's been done for a couple of years. And Group of Five coaches and ADs are saying now they're seeing the effects of it. They're seeing the impacts on their rosters. Their all-conference players are leaving for better-- honestly, better NIL deals, right? More money at the upper-tier level.

So I kind of just wanted to dive into that and that issue, but also coupling it with something we've been talking about now for the last month or two. And that's the future of an athlete compensation model and what it looks like. And if the NIL growing the gap is going to couple with whatever new compensation model comes out, will that even grow the gap more between the G5 and the P5, whatever that model is?

And will the G5, just at some point, get completely left behind? There's fear among many G5 athletic directors and many G5 coaches that that will happen, that they'll get eventually left behind.

A couple of things from the story I thought was really interesting, just quotes. Jamey Chadwell, who moved to Liberty last year, he told me that the Power Five teams exhausted of scholarship limits will add players as walk-ons. And then the NIL collective will foot the bill for tuition. They'll add an extra-- if the NIL deal is supposed to be $150,000, they'll add an extra $50,000. And it'll be a $200,000 NIL deal to cover tuition. And that's happening quite a bit. I think that's been happening. But you're starting to see it more.

PAT FORDE: If this is happening, I mean, I feel the pain. I still-- I'm not sure this is as apocalyptic as, again, these coaches want to make things out to be. Maybe it is. Maybe they are losing players hand over fist to go be third stringers at other schools. But players like to play. And there's only so many chances to play. So anyway, go ahead, Dan.

DAN WETZEL: Well, that's my point. The transfer portal works both ways. And if they're taking your guy, they're kicking someone off their team.

ROSS DELLENGER: Well, sometimes.

DAN WETZEL: And so you are--

PAT FORDE: I mean, if they're going to a roster of 120 like the old Bear Bryant Days.

ROSS DELLENGER: Yeah, if they're going to a 110-man

DAN WETZEL: Guys want to play.


DAN WETZEL: I'd find that to be-- I'd have to see some serious data that says there's guys that could start at Southern Miss that are going to just sit there as walk-ons as player number 114 at Mississippi State. That defies common sense, human behavior, and logic. Could it happen? Sure. But in big numbers? I don't think so.

You want to get to the league, and you want to play. You want to get to the league, and you get to the league from anywhere. They don't care. The NFL does not care where you play college football. If you're good, you're good. And until you're playing--

PAT FORDE: Toledo is going to have a first-round draft pick.

DAN WETZEL: Yeah. Check the rosters, OK? Yes, more of them come from the high major because the talent goes there.