Pat Fitzgerald a bit jealous of NIL legislation: Think about the kind of dough I would've made
Media Days across the country this season will certainly be dealing with their fare share of questions regarding the NCAA’s Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) policy. That was seen at B1G Media Days in Indianapolis which kicked off Thursday.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, known for not shying away from saying what’s on his mind, didn’t hesitate to give his take on the new rules.
“I’m not gonna lie to you, Drew, I’m a little bit jealous,” said Fitzgerald, who played linebacker for the Wildcats from 1993-96. “You think about the mid-90s, the kind of dough I would’ve made, c’mon.”
He went on to give a serious evaluation while discussing the need to educate and learn more about these new NIL opportunities:
“There’s a lot of opportunity for growth and improvement in college football and the NCAA,” said Fitzgerald. “I think NIL is the first step.
“I love listening to all the coaches in the SEC and the guys (that spoke) before me: ‘We’ve got the best opportunity of NIL in Evanston — in Chicago.’ We’re all trying to figure this thing out. We need to get off thinking we’ve all got the best and work hard to educate our young men, educate their families.”
He’s joking, but he isn’t wrong. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/zA1gYWKnHN
— Northwestern On BTN (@NUOnBTN) July 22, 2021
“We need to get off thinking we’ve all got the best, and work hard to educate our young men and educate their families.” pic.twitter.com/pgX0pE93I4
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) July 22, 2021