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Urban Meyer supports college athletes making money, but wonders ‘what the future’ holds

Urban Meyer
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Urban Meyer isn’t too happy with how NIL is affecting recruiting.

Meyer, who previously coached football at Florida and Ohio State, admitted that he would have to “adapt” to the college football landscape now that NIL is such a huge factor when it comes to recruiting.

Meyer also said that he isn’t happy to hear about the financial aspect of recruiting and NIL.

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“’We can’t get this player because we can’t pay him enough.”’ When I hear that, I say, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’” Meyer said to The Athletic. “That’s not what this is all about. When I hear that, and I’ll be honest with you, it makes me upset.”

Meyer added that he doesn’t think it is bad that college athletes are making money, however, he does have some questions about what the future holds and if it’s actually good for the sport of college football.

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“When I hear that, I wonder what the future of this sport is,” he said.

Meyer, who is currently a TV analyst for FOX Sports, last coached football at the NFL level when he took over as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021. Meyer won national titles with Florida in 2006 and 2008, and he led the Buckeyes to a championship in 2014.

Meyer also coached at Utah and Bowling Green.

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