Archie Manning Expresses Concern Over ‘Wild West’ NIL Landscape

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As the latest Manning quarterback prodigy — Arch Manning — continues his recruitment process, his grandfather — Archie Manning — has aired his concerns over name, image and likeness (NIL).

With donors increasingly striking deals with players before they sign letter of intents nowadays, Archie Manning said at the first annual Nick Saban Legacy Award ceremony Monday in Birmingham that he doesn’t want the game he loves to become ruined by NIL.

“I wish they were a little more uniform in nature throughout the school,” Archie Manning said, via Sports Illustrated. “It’s like the wild, wild west. I do know I love the game of college football and I don’t want it ruined.”


Per the latest valuations, Arch Manning’s NIL value is estimated to be between $2.5-$3 million by the time football season rolls around. The class of 2023 No. 1 prospect appears to have narrowed his list of schools down to three: Texas, Georgia and Alabama.


Like the 1971 NFL second-overall pick, others in the college football community have expressed their concerns with NIL. During this week’s NIL meetings in Phoenix, Colorado athletic director Rick George said that some of the tactics used by schools are unacceptable.

“This is the time we have to put our stake in the ground,” George said. “This is not acceptable. What we’re doing is not good for intercollegiate athletics, and it has got to stop.”

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.


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  1. I’m always intrigued by people that have the position that everyone but the players making millions is fine but once the players start making money it’s ruining the game. As if the universities turning collegiate sports into a money printing machine didn’t ruin the game. As if coaches recruiting kids by preaching loyalty then bolting the next day for millions elsewhere while the kid is stuck didn’t ruin the game.

    • Players making $$$ is not the issue. They’re entitled to every single dime. It’s the effect on recruiting – wildly different interpretations of NIL, different size booster organizations, different levels of involvement by the coaches and universities etc – it’s crazy. This only makes the rich get richer. Not that college football and hoops are not dominated by at most 10 schools…but it would be nice for a regulated NIL playing field. Having a Commish is probably the only way.

  2. For years the two most oft-quoted examples for “the student-athletes” (wink, wink) being paid were …. #1: “His grandmother died and he can’t afford a bus ticket home to attend her funeral” …. #2: “He can’t afford a pizza with his buddies on Friday nights.”
    $300,000 and a freakin’ Lamborghini seems to have solved those two issues … huh?
    After all the Yadda Yadda … 95% of CFB fans simply want to “beat their Most Hated Rival”. They will employ situational ethics to justify WHATEVER it takes to accomplish that.

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