Tim Tebow talks the future of NIL offers, college football realignment

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The college football offseason was all about tit-for-tats over title, picture and likeness (NIL) offers and realignment throughout the main conferences in the sport.

Alabama’s Nick Saban, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher and Jackson State’s Deion Sanders had been all in a dustup over how NIL affected recruiting whereas USC and UCLA made the stunning choice to announce their intentions of shifting from the Pac-12 Conference to the Big Ten Conference.

NIL offers and the additional pay for college athletes is a comparatively new factor, however athletes have been cashing in. Alabama’s Bryce Young inked a take care of a neighborhood BMW dealership, Texas working again Bijan Robinson received a take care of Lamborghini, and USC switch Caleb Williams received a take care of Fanatics Authentic and Beats by Dre after becoming a member of the Trojans.

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Tim Tebow speaks throughout the 2022 International Poverty Forum at Porsche Cars North America, March 4, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Tim Tebow was one of the largest college football stars from 2006 to 2009. He led the Gators to a nationwide championship in 2008. He additionally gained the title when he was a freshman in 2006. Tebow was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 2007.

Over the final yr, Tebow partnered with Clean Juice and have become the firm’s nationwide model ambassador. Clean Juice additionally introduced Tebow’s first franchise can be opening in Florida subsequent month. He advised Fox News Digital in a current interview that it was powerful to say whether or not he would have been closely concerned with NIL throughout his collegiate profession however mentioned there must be “guardrails” in place.

“I believe it is so arduous to reply a hypothetical,” Tebow mentioned. “It’s simply so totally different, proper? I believe half of NIL is basically cool. You get to see so many athletes that get supported. I additionally assume that it is vital we additionally sort of put up guardrails in place for the groups and the coaches and everybody to grasp the do’s and don’ts of it.

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Tim Tebow was one of the biggest college football stars from 2006 to 2009 as quarterback of the Florida Gators.

Tim Tebow was one of the largest college football stars from 2006 to 2009 as quarterback of the Florida Gators.
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“I believe there’s nonetheless quite a bit to determine. I believe it is arduous to reply that [hypothetical]however in the event you had the likelihood to associate with superior individuals like this, it may be fairly cool.”

The NCAA adopted its interim NIL coverage in June 2021, days after the Supreme Court unanimously determined the group was violating antitrust legal guidelines whereas student-athletes weren’t being compensated.

Tebow mentioned he is not shocked how briskly NIL took off.

“I believed when individuals had been speaking about it, I believed it was going to take off fairly quick in some actually good methods, and in some methods the place persons are going to should determine it out. I believe there’s nonetheless quite a bit that is going to happen. I hope that the proper individuals come collectively and do the proper factor for student-athletes and the proper factor for the recreation,” Tebow advised Fox News Digital.

“I believe that basically, actually issues. And not only for the conferences. I hope they do the proper factor for the gamers and the proper factor for the recreation. And I hope these come first.”

Head coach Urban Meyer, left, and quarterback Tim Tebow during a game between the Troy Trojans and the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

Head coach Urban Meyer, left, and quarterback Tim Tebow throughout a recreation between the Troy Trojans and the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.
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Texas and Oklahoma deciding to maneuver to the SEC got here earlier than USC and UCLA’s choice to the Big Ten. Additionally, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB and UTSA moved from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference whereas Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss head for the Sun Belt.

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Tebow predicted, in the finish, college football could possibly be aligned into three conferences.

“I might nonetheless guess it will be at the very least three, in my head and coronary heart. I believe it will have been arduous to only have two. I believe there’s too many good groups that must be an element of it. I do assume it is shifting extra that manner. I believe at the very least three, I hope it will be at the very least that many. It’s simply too massive throughout the nation,” Tebow mentioned.

Tim Tebow of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on during training camp at TIAA Bank Field, July 30, 2021, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tim Tebow of the Jacksonville Jaguars appears on throughout coaching camp at TIAA Bank Field, July 30, 2021, in Jacksonville, Florida.
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“I imply, what’s the ACC going to do? They’re going to have a west coast league of the ACC? What’s going to occur with all the groups in the Big 12, proper? You’ve received the SEC that is rising, however, you realize, a lot has to occur. There’s so many hypotheticals. And I’ll be trustworthy, I do not even assume quite a bit of persons are making the selections even know what is going on to occur proper now.”

Alabama is definitely checked out as the favorites to win the nationwide championship yr in and yr out. But Tebow mentioned this yr they for positive have one of the finest groups in college football. He went even additional and predicted the Crimson Tide could be dealing with the trophy come January 2023.

“If I needed to guess proper now, I might in all probability lean in direction of ‘Bama. They’re so gifted. Literally, in all probability the finest offensive gamers and the finest defensive gamers on their crew,” Tebow mentioned. “They did actually good in the switch portal, received one other working again, a pair extra receivers. Their secondary goes to be actually good. Also, on the different facet of Will Anderson, you have got move rushers on each edges. That’s a very gifted crew.

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“And I believe Georgia, Ohio State will all be excellent. If Texas A&M can work out the quarterback place, I believe they will be actually good. There’s quite a bit of groups which are going to compete. I believe one of the largest issues for ‘Bama is are you able to deal with the gauntlet of the SEC? It’s going to be an interesting season.”

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