Former Florida QB Danny Wuerffel weighs in on transfer portal NIL
Posted On September 25, 2021
Danny Wuerffel, former Heisman Trophy winner and national champion quarterback in Florida, is supporting the players by capitalizing on the new Name-Image-Likeness allowances.
But recognize the obvious potential downside.
“It certainly would have been nice,” Wuerffel said, considering how he would have benefited from it during his Gator career in the mid-90s. “But I also wonder how it would have affected me as a human being, how that would have affected me as a teammate. You just don’t know what are the downsides that might arise if you earn a little extra cash at this point. “
Did anyone mention the downsides? There seems to be little downside to gamers, but you don’t need a lot of imagination to envision the potential of a Wild West scenario.
“In general, I am in favor of people being able to market their name and their tastes,” Wuerffel said while promoting a golf event in Sea Island, Georgia. “The trickiest part for me, and I don’t know how to handle it, is how it can play a role in recruiting. How is it fair to promise a high school kid that they’ll get a certain amount of money through reminders or whatever?
“To me that sounds risky. I don’t know how it’s going to play out. But I really think guys, while they’re playing, it’s just for them to market their name and image and make money out of it. “
On conference realignments and “alliances”: “I think it will work out. I think no matter which conference you attend, your alumni still love you. The passion is still great. “
The Potential of a Expanded Playoff: “I remember watching the four-team playoff for the first time, it was so exciting, like an NFL playoff. It’s hard to pick a top four, so I’m in favor of moving on to more teams. Whether it’s eight or twelve, I don’t have a strong opinion on that, but I think a field larger than four would be good. “
Wuerffel’s opinion grows stronger when talks turn to the heavily trafficked transfer portal, where relaxed transfer rules have turned the process into a second battleground on the recruiting front.
“I’m less satisfied with the transfer portal,” he says. “The problem with the transfer portal is that it changes so much in the way you can coach and lead a team. In an age when everyone wants to be happy right now, the Transfer Portal is kind of the antithesis of that. A player says: ‘You’re not helping me, I’m leaving.’ “