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Kelly Graves is glad NIL rules are happening

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At the start of the month, the NCAA game was changed for the better when new rules went into place to help college athletes earn money off their name, image, and likeness (NIL).

These new rules will finally allow athletes to profit off their hard works.

For years people have debated whether or not college athletes should be paid or not, and now they can. 

As soon as the rule went into effect players started signing endorsement deals, including names like Oregon's Sedona Prince and Kayvon Thibodeaux.

Prince's head coach, Kelly Graves, joined Talkin' Ducks this week to discuss the new rules, and let's just say he couldn't be happier for his athletes. 

I believe in it. I'm glad that it's happening... I think it's great. They should be able to monetize this, we're just here to help them in any which way.

Kelly Graves

Graves has had marketable athletes over the years with players like Sabrina Ionescu and Satou Sabally, and now Prince who is one of the most popular and influential athletes in college sports. Just look at how her social media post about the conditions at the Women's NCAA Tournament went viral.

She is a star that can now make money off her power, and Graves is here to help. In fact, he says the University has been out ahead of this in order to help the best they can. "Oregon, we were all on board. We had put in place measures to help our student-athletes navigate the NIL back in October."

Even with a ton of leg work done, there is still plenty to learn.


"I still think there's some things we've got to work out," said Graves. "I'm still not exactly sure what I can and can't do in terms of promoting them. So we have, still, a lot of questions to be answered."

It's so refreshing to hear a coach back all the rules that can help his players financially. 

Clemson's Dabo Sweeney once famously stated that “As far as paying players, professionalizing college athletics, that’s where you lose me... I’ll go do something else because there’s enough entitlement in this world as there is.”

As Graves, he is on the other side of that line - Here to make sure his athletes benefit from these new rules any way they can. You love to see it.