Bret Bielema appears to feel NIL was responsible for Illinois missing out on a transfer.

Offensive lineman Avery Jones committed to the Fighting Illini on December 13. Now, just under a month later, Jones has announced his intention to transfer to Auburn instead.

Bielema reacted to the news on Twitter, saying “College football is changing every day #NIL.”

Bielema seemingly blames the deep pockets of Auburn for losing out on the East Carolina transfer.

New HC Hugh Freeze and the Auburn Tigers have landed 11 transfers, good for the 3rd-best transfer class according to 247Sports. The Illini, meanwhile, have the 41st-ranked class.

Bielema’s comments imply that the Illini are simply not able or willing to help facilitate NIL deals in the same way bigger schools can. The Illini have nonetheless landed 3 transfers thus far: QB Luke Altmyer, TE Tanner Arkin, and S Nicario Harper.