INDIANAPOLIS – Ohio state coach Ryan Day believes that while college football’s most high-profile players have immense earning potential through name, image, and likeness, consideration should be given to sharing money among other players.
Day, speaking at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, was asked after Alabama coach Nick Saban’s recent comment that Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young could be seven digits on NIL deals. The Ohio State starting quarterback occupies a similar position in the sport, and the growing Columbus market offers “the perfect direction,” said Day, for increasing earnings potential.
“These things happen and will come of their own accord, but I think we have to think about how to distribute some of that money at some point, maybe in a year,” said Day. “Surely the Ohio State quarterback will have incredible opportunities, the wide receiver, the running back, there will be certain positions.
“But how do we find ways to make sure we get that out across the team? Because there are a lot of people who play soccer, people who block for the quarterback, people who cover the wide receivers.”
Quarterbacks like Miami’s Young and D’Eriq King are well positioned to make big bucks in the early months of the NIL era. Ohio state has not yet named its starting quarterback, as Day said CJ Stroud, Jack Miller and Kyle McCord will all continue to compete when training camp begins.
Ohio State, the 2020 national runner-up, opens the 2021 season on September 2 in Minnesota.
“The focus for all of these guys just has to be on development,” said Day. “If you’re worried about starting, if you’re worried about money, then you’re worried about the wrong things.”
Day acknowledged that a NIL revenue model was “tricky” and had no solution, but reiterated that it should be explored in the future.
He also talked about the Ohio State team vaccinations and noted that the majority of the team received the COVID-19 vaccine. Star wide receiver Chris Olave, originally slated for Big Ten media days, will get his second shot this coming weekend.
“Everything carries certain risks,” said Day. “There are risks with the virus, there are risks with the vaccine, there are risks with positive tests, there are risks with contact tracing and unplayability. We left that to the players. We try to do everything we can to educate.” … but I feel like we’re in a pretty good place. It’s something that is unique to every guy. “