Since NIL has been implemented, there have been several instances where college athletes and teams have taken their creativity to the next level. At one time, Ohio State football head coach Ryan Day was considering to get in on the act with an NIL opportunity on the Buckeyes Cruise For Cancer, which raises money for cancer research at The James Cancer Hospital.
“I was willing to auction off the first call of the Indiana game this year on the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, but I decided against it,” Day said at Big Ten Media Days. “Figured that was gonna be some sort of rules violation.”
With the lack of regulations in NIL, who knows what violations could have been broken?
Regardless, Day wanted to send the right message in this instance.
“We’re doing a lot of different things that I think are for the first time,” Day said. “You’ve seen us not be maybe the first people to do things that are extreme or put ourselves out there, but do it in a first-class way, a classy way, do it the way that Buckeye Nation can be proud of — that we’re doing it the right way to make sure we give our players what they deserve, but we’re also not getting crazy and out in front of it.”