HOOVER, Alabama – Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen, like everyone in varsity track and field, is always trying to understand the logistics and legality of players who make money through their name, image and reputation. resemblance. Including what’s going on elsewhere in the state.
In a small rally with local reporters on Monday during SEC Media Days, Mullen was asked about a mixed martial arts gym owned by a Miami athletics fan offering $ 500 a month to each scholarship player in the United States. Hurricanes. Mullen answered the question with a question of his own.
“Is this legal? Mullen said.
Mullen said the idea sounds good… if the plan follows state law. If so, Mullen seemed optimistic that something similar could happen with the Gators.
“I think if that’s the case, obviously there will be a lot of support from the Gators and there (are) people to do it,” Mullen said. “My biggest problem is how do we make sure this is legal? “
State law prohibits schools from paying players directly. Neither can supporting entities, nor can a “leader, director or employee” of a supporting organization. Players should also receive “market value” for things like autograph signing, dating, and sponsored social media posts.
Alligators politics of name, image and likeness specifically boosters for paying players (or arranging payment for them). But different institutions can interpret the laws differently, for example if a flat rate for each player is a “market value”. Mullen describes the big picture as “a big learning curve.”
“I don’t need to end up in jail for breaking rules that we’re not even sure we break,” Mullen said.
Mullen declined to give details, but said a “fairly high number” of players have received coronavirus shots. Mullen was vaccinated this spring.
Commissioner Greg Sankey has been pushing for players, fans, coaches and staff to receive the vaccine, with just six of the league’s 14 teams having at least 80% of their players immune.
“That number has to grow and grow quickly…” Sankey said. “With six weeks to go, it is now time to ask for this full vaccination.”
Mullen made headlines last year for saying he wanted to pack the swamp as the coronavirus pandemic raged across the country. So it’s probably no surprise that he’s ready for the return of college football stadiums to full capacity this fall. He illustrated his point on Monday by referring to the Lightning championship race.
“You look at the things that are going on with the Stanley Cup winning Lightning and the energy in the stadium, and you realize how much you missed it,” Mullen said.
Former Clearwater High star Robert Margalis will be inducted into Georgia’s Circle of Honor. The 2003 SEC Swimmer of the Year won an NCAA title in the 400 IM. He will be recognized on October 2 during the Bulldogs game against Arkansas.
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