The one factor that could convince Lane Kiffin to take the Auburn job

Auburn has plenty of advantages, but which factor could convince Lane Kiffin to bolt to the Plains?

Over the last two weeks, Ole Miss head coach [autotag]Lane Kiffin[/autotag] has been a popular name among Auburn fans as the replacement for Bryan Harsin, who was relieved of his duties on Oct. 31.

Auburn athletic director [autotag]John Cohen[/autotag] and Auburn University President [autotag]Dr. Christopher Roberts[/autotag] has kept their list close to heart, but all signs point to Kiffin being the favorite to take the job.

Why would he leave Ole Miss? Well, there are plenty of reasons.

Auburn has a better track record of success in football than Ole Miss with six SEC West crowns as opposed to the Rebels’ zero. Auburn has also recently hired a new athletic director who has a reputation for allowing his coaches to have more freedom than most. Mix it with the new football-only facility that just opened, and Auburn becomes a top destination for any potential hire.

However, one ESPN analyst believes there is one factor that truly separates Auburn from Ole Miss, and that is the recent build-up of Auburn’s NIL collective, “On to Victory.

ESPN senior writer Chris Low recently tweeted his thoughts on the potential of Kiffin leaving Oxford for the Plains. He says that the shifting landscape of College Football appears to be working in favor of the Tigers.

“The overriding reason Lane Kiffin would leave Ole Miss for Auburn is the hefty NIL fund that Auburn has built,” Low said in a recent tweet. “In the NIL world, that kind of cash is the key to sustaining success at a high level, both in attracting high school talent and keeping players from transferring.”

In a follow-up tweet, Low says that Kiffin is proud of the success that he has built at Ole Miss, but could easily see Auburn’s outstanding efforts in NIL being a deciding factor for accepting a potential offer.

“One thing I know about Lane Kiffin if he is indeed the choice at Auburn is that he does not do anything impulsively,” Low said. “He would examine everything, all factors, and I do believe NIL would be the deciding factor IF he were to leave.”

On to Victory’s objective is to expand NIL opportunities for Auburn Student-Athletes according to its website. Currently, three Auburn athletes are a part of On3’s NIL 100, including [autotag]Tank Bigsby[/autotag] and [autotag]Derick Hall[/autotag], who ranks No. 87 and No. 93 respectively.

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Auburn Morning Rush: Cohen makes first appearance, Lee signs another NIL deal

Today’s edition discusses the recent headlines surrounding women’s sports, NIL, and new athletic director John Cohen taking in his first event in his new role.

Good morning Tiger fans, it is time for the latest edition of the Auburn Morning Rush.

The headlines surrounding Auburn’s coaching search have consumed the news cycle in recent days, but there is still plenty of other news to go around, so let’s dive in.

Newly hired athletic director John Cohen checked an item off of his list on Wednesday, as he made his first appearance at an Auburn athletic event.

In NIL news, Auburn gymnast Suni Lee has partnered with a protein bar company in an effort to raise awareness of female sports across the country.

In women’s sports news, Auburn Women’s Basketball welcomes Tuskegee to town for an exhibition on Thursday, while Equestrian earns honors from two different organizations.

Here are the latest headlines surrounding Auburn athletics with the Thursday edition of the Auburn Morning Rush.

Auburn Morning Rush: Soccer gameday, Green signs NIL deal

Auburn Soccer kicks off the final SEC weekend on Thursday, while a men’s basketball star gets his groove on.

Good morning, Tiger fans. It is time for the Auburn Morning Rush.

Today’s rush begins with Auburn Soccer news. It’s gameday for Karen Hoppa’s squad, as they welcome the No. 16 Tennessee Volunteers to the Auburn Soccer Complex for a 6:30 P.M. kickoff. Auburn has three games remaining on the schedule and is “locked in” to finish the season strong.

In NIL news, Auburn Basketball star Wendell Green Jr. has signed a new NIL deal. We share the “groovy” details.

Auburn Gymnastics is also on the docket today, as a commit had to recently pull out of a camp due to an injury.

Finally, Auburn Women’s Basketball is ready to being the second season under head coach Johnnie Harris. Harris reveals what she is the most excited about heading into a new campaign.

Here is the latest news in Auburn Athletics. Enjoy today’s Auburn Morning Rush:

Auburn Morning Rush: Gymnastics releases home schedule, Daniel wins pitcher of the month

Gymnastics, NIL, Baseball, and Josh Donaldson headline Thursday’s edition of the Auburn Morning Rush

Good morning, Tiger fans. It is time for the Thursday edition of the Auburn Morning Rush.

First up on the rush is Gymnastics news. The Tigers released their home slate of meets for the 2023 season, which included three meets against challenging SEC foes such as LSU, Arkansas, and Georgia.

The next item involves a former Auburn pitcher Davis Daniel. Daniel, who was a key part of the Tiger rotation in the late 2010s, ends the season as the Pitcher of the Month in the Pacific Coast League. We look at what made the last month of the season so special for Daniel.

In the world of NIL, soccer star Anna Haddock is the most recent Auburn athlete to sign a deal through the Auburn NIL collective, On To Victory. What local business is relying on Haddock for promotion?

Finally, it is a big day for former Auburn Tiger Josh Donaldson, who is set to play game two of the American League Division Series with the New York Yankees this evening in the Bronx.

Without further delay, here is the Thursday edition of the Auburn Morning Rush:

LOOK: Alabama opens in-stadium retail for team and NIL merch

Alabama opens new in-stadium NIL shop

The Alabama Crimson Tide remains to be the cutting-edge program in college football on and off the field. This week, the Crimson Tide is making name, image, likeness (NIL) history by opening in-stadium retail for the team and NIL merchandise. In the store players like Bryce Young, Will Anderson, Jahmyr Gibbs, and JoJo Earle among others have their shirts and jerseys on sale to make a little profit while tearing it up on the field.

The store will likely do extremely well as the Texas A&M Aggies come to Tuscaloosa this weekend for the showdown between Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher after their dispute over, ironically, NIL. The city of Tuscaloosa is buzzing and the anticipation is real.

NIL continues to change the landscape of college sports and I’m sure we will see other schools follow the Tide in the coming weeks.

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Auburn Morning Rush: Volleyball drops match to LSU, Gymnast among top NIL earners

Catch up on the latest headlines from Volleyball, Soccer, Gymnastics, and Basketball on Thursday’s Auburn Morning Rush.

Good morning, Tiger fans. It is time to dig into the latest news surrounding Auburn athletics.

Today’s rush is dominated heavily by Women’s sports. We begin by recapping Auburn Volleyball’s tough five-set loss to LSU Wednesday, which ends their perfect season. We also preview Auburn Soccer’s road trip to Kentucky on Thursday night, as they look to earn their first SEC win.

Our third news headline involving women’s sports is all about NIL. Which Auburn athlete is among the nation’s most valuable?

Finally, the 2022 SEC Tipoff is set to take place in Birmingham later this month, we reveal Auburn’s representatives for the Basketball media event.

Get your day started by catching up on the latest headlines surrounding Auburn athletics with Thursday’s Auburn Morning Rush:

St. John Bosco announces first-of-its-kind NIL deal with Sports Performance group

Massive news in the high school NIL world

St. John Bosco (Calif.) is one of the country’s top High School Football teams, ranked No. 2 nationally behind Mater Dei.

They’re also leading off the field, taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by the NIL legislation California signed into law last year.

According to a report by Eric Sondheimer at the Los Angeles Times, the school has announced that the entire football team can participate in a new deal with KONGIQ Sports Performance. This is the first deal of its kind for a high school team-wide agreement.

The first payments are set to hit the accounts of participating players before Friday night’s game against Allen (Texas). Afterward, they’ll be sharing personal experiences on social media as part of their end of the bargain.

Here’s what head coach Jason Negro told USA TODAY Sports about the deal:

“We’re a very collegiate-minded program. If there’s something colleges are doing, what better way to help our athletes than to provide them the same type of opportunity? I want to be a pioneer at the high school level, and I think we’re doing that at Bosco.”

Negro also says he hasn’t gotten any negative feedback from parents.

“Not one parent has reached out to us with concerns or questions as to what this is about. The way they’re approaching it is that it’s a small job,” Negro said. “The kids are being paid for a service to be an influencer and talk about it in a positive light. They’re not getting rich off it, but this isn’t a gimmick. It’s basic and straightforward.”

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that the deal is worth $400 per player.

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Malachi Nelson: 5-star QB, USC commit signs with Klutch Sports

ESPN has Nelson ranked as the top quarterback and recruit in the country.

It’s a brave new world with regards to what amateur athletes can do marketing themselves. The latest example is Los Alamitos (Calif.) quarterback Malachi Nelson, who made news today by becoming the first high school athlete to sign with LeBron James and Rich Paul’s agency Klutch Sports, according to a report by Pete Thamel at ESPN.

Mostly focused on the NBA, Klutch has several Hollywood clients as well as a couple of NFL players.

ESPN has Nelson ranked as the top quarterback and recruit in the country, while others have Isidore Newman (La.) QB Arch Manning in that spot. For what it’s worth, 247Sports has Nelson No. 4 at his position and No. 5 overall.

Either way, Nelson (6-foot-3, 182 pounds) is one of the best young QBs in the nation and this deal should help him capitalize on that status.

As for what comes next, Nelson verbally committed to USC back in November of last year. He did turn some heads by visiting Texas A&M last month, though.

Related: See the current NIL rules for high school athletes in each state

Nick Saban: ‘There’s only so much money to go around’

Nick Saban doesn’t hide his feelings while discussing the adverse effects of NIL.

[autotag]Nick Saban[/autotag] has never been one to shy away from giving his opinion, and typically for good reason. Nobody has been more successful at the collegiate level.

In an interview with CBS Sports’ Josh Pate, Saban discussed his views on name, image, likeness (NIL), and the direction it might steer college athletics.

Saban discusses college sports are supposed to put athletes on the right path to develop to be the best person they can be, it’s not about the money.

In a passionate response, Saban said, “It’s going to be about who pays me the most money. When you use that in recruiting then it becomes I’m just gonna go where I can get the best deal rather than focus on where can I go to create the most value for my future.”

It will be interesting to see how Coach Saban continues to handle the growth of NIL into college athletics.

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Michael Vick admits that NIL would have kept him at Virginia Tech longer

Michael Vick said that if he had an NIL deal, he would have remained at Virginia Tech for another year instead of going to the NFL draft.

Amidst the debate about whether college sports are better or worse with the  allowances for athletes to profit off name, image and likeness, former star quarterback Michael Vick brought up a way NIL can help the NCAA manage a different struggle it has had: keeping athletes in school.

Vick, who was drafted No. 1 overall in 2001 out of Virginia Tech and starred on the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL, said he would have stayed in college longer if he had an NIL deal.

“I wasn’t the guy who wanted to leave early, but because of circumstances in my life I felt like I was forced to leave early,” he said during an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show.

“I wanted to enjoy that college experience, I feel like I was just growing into my own, growing into a man and I just didn’t want to make life super serious, but sometimes as a young man you’ve got to make adult decisions and that was the decision I made at the time.”

Vick redshirted his first season at Virginia Tech before starting as a sophomore and junior. The Hokies went 11-1 in both seasons and finished 1999 as the No. 2 team on the AP Poll.

Vick didn’t need to stay in college for his senior year to help his draft stock. But, he said, he would have wanted to live the college life and that he thinks he could have made “north of a million” dollars on an NIL deal.

His rookie contract was for $62 million over six years, about 10 times as much as his NIL projection, so it’s still tough to be convinced that it would have been enough to coax him. But if it had, the most electric athlete in the NCAA may have stayed for an extra year, which would have been great for college football.

Some of the most prominent high school athletes today are in similar NIL talks that Vick hypothesized. Would any other pro-ready athlete choose to remain in college for a year if money came along with it? NCAA men’s basketball in particular would benefit, as it could tamper down on some of the one-and-done players that have left a revolving door for the face of college basketball. Players who have chosen the G League or another alternative route may also be more strongly considering college. At the baseball level, many players get drafted out of high school and play in the minor leagues instead of college. Perhaps money here could sway them.

As for the Hokies, after going 22-2 over two years, they’re just left to wonder what a third season with Vick could have been.

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