Chip Kelly roots for UCLA gamers’ NIL success from afar

Faculty soccer coaches seem to have discovered a workaround for guidelines barring them from soliciting identify, picture and likeness offers for his or her gamers.

Simply create a way of panic.

Two months in the past, Ohio State coach Ryan Day informed native enterprise leaders that his staff would want $13 million in NIL cash to maintain its roster intact. A month later, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano reportedly knowledgeable a bunch of boosters that his staff required an infusion of money to maintain gamers from being poached by extra NIL-savvy groups.

In every case, the message was clear to any fan, booster or enterprise listening: Present us the cash.

UCLA coach Chip Kelly mentioned Saturday that he may solely assist his staff’s NIL endeavors from afar.

“I think people have kind of convoluted the whole rule,” Kelly mentioned. “Name, image and likeness is the student-athletes can make money off of their name, image and likeness, but coaches can’t be involved in brokering deals for student-athletes. This is not pay for play, this is not recruiting inducements.”

But isn’t constructing a strong NIL program necessary for recruiting and retaining gamers?

“Well, you shouldn’t have to do it in retaining them because schools can’t recruit people off your roster,” Kelly mentioned. “So that would be an NCAA violation if that were to be occurring. So I think if the enforcement arm of the NCAA catches up to the rules of the NCAA, I think we’ll be in a great situation.”

A number of Bruins have cast notable NIL success. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has made sufficient off his offers to cater a barbecue dinner and two-hour boat experience for the whole offense, full with Uber vouchers to and from Marina del Rey. Receiver Kam Brown mentioned he has secured about 10 offers, together with one with Mercedes-Benz.

Some offers contain solely free merchandise, such because the clothes manufacturers which have secured receiver Jake Bobo as an endorser. However Bobo mentioned teammates who’ve loved extra vital NIL success haven’t lorded it over everybody else.

“There’s some playful jabs here and there, some jokes being thrown around like, ‘Use some of that NIL money, some for us,’ or something like that,” Bobo mentioned. “But I mean nothing real, it doesn’t create a divide or anything down there in the locker room. That’s a positive that I had a question about when this whole thing kinda got rolling, but it’s cool to see that it’s nothing serious.”

Kelly mentioned greater than 140 companies had registered with the Westwood Change program that connects corporations, donors, followers and alumni with UCLA athletes searching for NIL offers. Not each Bruin needs to decide to including to an already hectic schedule.

“The thing is, it’s really the guys who want to do it,” Kelly mentioned. “Not everybody wants to be involved in it, not everybody wants to make the time, because you have to show work. This is not a quid pro quo; you have to do work. So if you want to make money in name, image and likeness, you have to be willing to go do the work that you have to do in name, image and likeness.

“People just can’t pay you X amount of dollars to do nothing. Maybe in some other places that happens, but at this place it doesn’t.”

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Kelly mentioned redshirt junior Laiatu Latu, the switch from Washington who’s popping out of medical retirement from a neck damage, can be initially slotted at exterior linebacker however may play in different spots as nicely due to his distinctive measurement at 6 foot 4 and 265 kilos.

“He’s got a lot of versatility,” Kelly mentioned. “He’s got a lot of athleticism.”

Latu has not performed since his freshman season in 2019, when he made 16 tackles in 12 video games for the Huskies.

And so on.

Kelly mentioned kicker Nicholas Barr-Mira would additionally get a chance to win the punting job that grew to become accessible upon the switch of Luke Akers to Northwestern. Standing in his manner might be freshman Chase Barry, who shanked one punt and despatched one other booming downfield in the course of the portion of observe open to reporters. … Linebacker Ale Kaho watched observe on a scooter, his left leg encased in a strolling boot. … Kelly mentioned linebacker Damian Sellers, offensive lineman Patrick Selna and tight finish Mike Martinez, who had been absent from observe, had been “unavailable.” Sellers and Selna are not listed on the staff’s official roster. Vast receiver Delon Damage, who faces two felony prices as a part of a sexual assault case, has graduated and is not with this system, Kelly mentioned.