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Kyler, Kliff And Missing The NIL Window

College players now can be paid for endorsements

With the changes in college football with the new Name-Image-Likeness rules -- allowing players to get paid for endorsements and remain eligible to play college sports -- it's inevitable to wonder about some of the college stars of the past and what they would've done under the NIL allowances.

Kyler Murray was king of the college football world back in 2018. Won the Heisman and had the kind of game that excited fans across the country, and did it in a city (and state) that loves it's Sooners. It's probable he would've done very, very well profiting on his name -- even after he was drafted by baseball's Oakland A's and got a few million from them.

"I'm not mad at it," Murray said. "Obviously I was a little early (and) missed the wave."

But, Murray added, "I think it's good for (college athletes). It's definitely going to shake some stuff up, I don't know how they are going to work with it, how they are going to do it, but good for them."

Kliff Kingsbury was once a pretty fair college quarterback himself at Texas Tech in the early 2000s, lighting up the scoreboard. He also coached Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech -- Mahomes coming in Friday when the Chiefs play the Cardinals in preseason game No. 2. So, Kliff, who would've made the most NIL money?

"Kyler," Kingsbury said after a moment of thought. "Yeah.

"I'd have probably gotten some free Whataburger. Pat would've made some money."

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury talks to Oklahoma's Kyler Murray (1) after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)