Villain Of College Football ?: Texas A&M Embracing New Persona

COLLEGE STATION – Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin couldn’t help but gush over Texas A & M’s No. 1 recruiting class for the 2022 season. Gush might not be the right word.

Criticizing the athletic department could be a better way to describe his thoughts.

“We don’t have the funding resources as some schools with the NIL deals. It’s like dealing with salary caps, “Kiffin said in November. “I joked I didn’t know if Texas A&M incurred a luxury tax with how much they paid for their signing class.”

Since the words left his mouth, A&M has been portrayed as a villain in college football. It only took five seasons for Jimbo Fisher to bring in the top recruiting class to Kyle Field, finally dethroning either of the usual suspects in Georgia or Alabama.


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