I previously shared some thoughts on the impact the new Name, Image, and Likeness legislation is likely to have on college sports. A recent news item, though, made me realize I forgot something.

After that post another bit of NIL news came out. An agreement came out with respect to the BYU football team whereby all the walk-ons will get their tuition paid. This is significant in terms of the level playing field thing I mentioned before, but in a different way.

You see, the NCAA has scholarship limits for each sport. Basically, they exist to prevent teams from stacking talent. This is also exactly why players on beach volleyball scholarships cannot play indoor volleyball. The BYU deal essentially blows that whole thing out of the water. What’s the point of scholarship limits if anyone can come along an pay an athlete’s tuition. Or in this case, a whole bunch of athletes.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

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