Where do the Bears stand against their peers, and how much of a difference does name, image and likeness rights change things?
The most salient point of this to me is the numerical fact that there are only X number of elite high school players, and there are Y number of elite college programs who get who they want. Y is greater than X. So I don't have any hope or even desire for Cal to become a Clemson or Bama. I'm perfectly happy to have us get great Cal guys who beat up on UW, Oregon and $C every year. I'm happy to see Cal getting out in front of the NIL issue, and Cal is in a better position than the poor Beavers, Cougars or AZ schools as far as money in community. If this helps Cal legally compete with player pay, and therefore attract a few more top guys, then fine. At the end of the day, it's only two words: Go Bears!
When do we learn the Fall Schedule? Where is the wormhole that takes me to the first game?
Great article and it points out many of the issues with NIL. Mostly I'm curious about how NIL will pan out at Cal, who gets endorsement deals, and so on.