Tennessee Vols head coach Josh Heupel and Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders, an NFL Hall of Famer, each have strong opinions on NIL rules in college football.

And their opinions couldn’t be more opposite.

Sanders was vocal this week about NIL opportunities for college football players, posting a video on Twitter that expressed his displeasure with the current NIL setup.

“When you start paying athletes like they’re professionals, you get athletes acting like they’re professionals,” said Sanders in the video. “And you don’t have staffs large enough and equipped enough to handle a young man with money. Let me go deeper. Handle a young man that’s making more money than some of the coaches on staff.”

Sanders’ opinion on NIL deals and their impact on the behavior of players couldn’t be more different than Heupel’s take.

Heupel appeared on the Bussin’ with the Boys podcast last month and he suggested that NIL deals are actually eliminating the discipline issues that he’s typically had to deal with as a head coach.

“One of the great things about NIL is it forces kids to understand that they have a brand and an image and the choices that they make while transitioning into college football have a huge impact on their future and potential earning power,” said Heupel.

“The issues that maybe I’ve had to deal with previously as a head coach, man, very few of those things are showing up right now,” added Heupel. “Because they are so understanding and have a global view of what they’re trying to accomplish. It changes the mindset. It changes the opportunities.”

So who’s right?

It’s tough to say for sure. These are two different situations. There probably aren’t as many players getting lucrative NIL deals at Jackson State as there are at Tennessee. I can see there being more locker room tension when there are just one or two players benefitting from rich NIL deals.

At Tennessee, I can see how nearly every player on the roster is cognizant of how their behavior could affect their earning power. It’s possible that both coaches are right.

Heupel, at least, seems like he is genuinely happy for the players and their newfound ability to earn money off their name, image, and likeness. Those players worked hard to put themselves in a position to be paid handsomely for their skills. The fact they finally get to profit off themselves — instead of just the schools/conferences profiting off them — is a great thing for college football.

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