During an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Patrick posed an interesting question. He asked Kiffin if it can feel “hopeless” at times trying to compete against Alabama both on the field and on the football field. Kiffin was honest.
“A little bit at times, recruiting, especially when he announces that his backup quarterback from last year is getting $1 million, that’s going to be a little hard to recruit against,” Kiffin said, via Saturday Down South. “I mean, he just accidentally threw that out there.”
Kiffin’s not alone. The only team in college football to have success against Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide over the last decade is Clemson (twice), LSU (once) and Ohio State (once). The rest of college football hasn’t really come all too close.
On the recruiting front, teams like Ohio State and Georgia have done well keeping up with Alabama. But the NIL is a whole new advantage for the powerhouse programs, and Alabama is already leading the pack.
Saban said during a press conference last month that quarterback Bryce Young has already come close to making $1 million from his NIL. Recruits are well aware of the opportunities they could receive in Tuscaloosa.
Fortunately for the rest of college football, the SEC will become a whole lot more challenging in coming years. Perhaps Alabama’s days as king are numbered. Lane Kiffin sure would like to see that.