It’s going to be interesting to see how the buyout situation develops in the next 5 to 10 years. It’s clear that the economics of CFB have evolved in such a manner that even buyouts in the $10-20 million range are no longer prohibitive for P5 schools to pay. Which means you’re likely going to see agents pushing for even bigger buyouts or fully guaranteed contracts like Mel Tucker’s new deal at Michigan State.
However, an interesting recent behind the scenes development in college sports is a number of schools having to delay, scrap, or re-scope planned facility upgrades/additions because the booster money that was earmarked for those projects is now being funneled into NIL collectives and the like, because boosters view that as having a more direct impact on recruiting/retaining the best players and, thus, results on the field/court. You have to think that, at some point, those same boosters are going to start questioning why they’re being asked to give away free money to ex-coaches when it could be better spent on NIL, too.