Tommy Tuberville's decision to weigh in on name, image and likeness ended as horribly as you would expect
Safe to say Tommy Tuberville is no fan of college athletes gaining the right to profit from their name, image and likeness.
If you were unaware, come July 1, that’s exactly what is set to happen all across the country as the majority of states have some form of NIL bills set to become law on Thursday.
The former Ole Miss and Auburn coach expressed his concerns when it comes to NIL recently, suggesting that NIL would impact the game in a negative way.
“Senator Tommy Tuberville, a former bigtime football coach, told me last week he’s wary of impacts from paying players & even the name/image/likeness issue. He worries players might be enticed to go to bigger schools where they can make more money, and involving agents/lawyers/etc,” according to Bloomberg reporter Steven Dennis.
Surely Tuberville realized the point he was trying to make was already an issue.
There’s a reason why the best recruits come to the SEC to play. And if they can’t get into an SEC school, there’s always Clemson, Florida State, or Ohio State for elite recruits to fall back on.
It didn’t take long for social media to chime in on Tuberville’s comments, many of which poked fun at the fact the former coach was a buyout king during his career.
The defining trait of Tommy Tuberville’s coaching career is that over and over again, he left teams for better opportunities elsewhere. He never got fired—he always voluntarily quit and moved on. He’s the last person who can make this criticism https://t.co/ykKzTdeNiX https://t.co/zeJ8g5uGbA
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) June 30, 2021
— John Niyo (@JohnNiyo) June 30, 2021
Tommy Tuberville is not a genius. Can confirm. https://t.co/zj1pStuvUJ
— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) June 30, 2021
This the same Tommy Tuberville who once accepted a $5.08 million buyout from Auburn when he resigned in 2008? Bet the women's soccer team coulda used that. https://t.co/Vg8qmbU1BX
— Brendan Quinn (@BFQuinn) June 30, 2021
Tuberville essentially invented the coaching buyout in college. Auburn paid him over $5 million NOT to coach. Cincinnati paid him $2 million not to coach. – Dan https://t.co/Uq8nnuBT3G
— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) June 30, 2021
Tommy Tuberville climbed out the window of a steakhouse to leave the Big 12 for the AAC and Cincinnati. https://t.co/sYZYyXylaw
— Cody Stoots (@Cody_Stoots) June 30, 2021
Heavens, whatever shall we do if the best players start going to the schools with the most money? https://t.co/arjGd1xVzs
— Matt Scalici (@MattScalici) June 30, 2021