Paul Finebaum predicts NCAA structure will ‘separate’ with NIL

The Miami Hurricanes caused a stir over the weekend thanks to changes in college sports with name, image and likeness. In men’s basketball, transfer from Kansas State Pack Nijel landed a huge NIL contract to commit to Miami. Fresno State Women’s Basketball Transfers Haley and Hanna Cavinder — twin sisters — also did the same by transferring to Miami. Paul Finebaum joined McElroy and Cubelic in the morning, discussing how NIL is rapidly changing college sports.

“It’s not just the future, it’s the present,” Finebaum said. “And I read something over the weekend from Jack Swarbrick of Notre Dame, a respected — very respected — person and he said he thought the current NCAA structure, Power Five, would be obsolete in the mid-2030s, which is 10 years from now. I think it’s very, very generous. I don’t think it’s a sustainable pattern that’s going to last a few more years. Now it’s impossible to predict the breakout of a organization like this because it moves so slowly. But it’s going to come apart. The NCAA is on its last breath. And I think college football, as we know it, is on its last breath.

Pack’s deal following his transfer made national headlines over the weekend. Shortly after Pack announced his Miami engagement, a tweet surfaced this pack received $400,000 a year, as well as a car due to their commitment to the Hurricanes. The Cavinder twins — who have previously signed NIL deals with Boost Mobile, Six Star Pro Nutrition and more — recently announced their Miami engagement.

Both sisters said NIL had no impact on their move to Miami, but admitted there were “great opportunities” for earning money following the move to Miami. Finebaum said the move from California to Florida seems pretty obvious.

“If you’re the Cavinder twins, are you going to stay in California if you can make the kind of money they make? No, you take the deal,” Finebaum said. “I mean, you’re only a (one-time) varsity athlete. That’s what we could say about being an adult, but you’re only a one-time varsity athlete when you can make money. I mean, how many of us are ever going to make the kind of money in our careers that some of these young people are making now?”

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NIL had a major impact on players returning to college rather than turning pro. Recently, the Kentucky star Oscar Tshiebwe announced he would be returning to school for another season and expected to get $2 million in NIL contracts.

Ida M. Morgan