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Florida State DB Reportedly Refused To Train Due To No NIL Agreement

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When the NCAA introduced interim name, image and likeness rules last summer, it changed the landscape of college athletics forever. On the surface, it became the first time players could enjoy their being while actively participating in NCAA-sanctioned events.

But it goes further than that. Especially in college football.

Over the past eight months, NIL has caused an arms race across the country. Players can accept payment, their recruitment includes an above-ground financial aspect and players on campus are already looking for the best profit opportunity.

Accordingly, the programs and their boosters try to collect as much money as possible. In many ways, as Nick Saban Lane Kiffin and other college coaches have said, it has become a kind of free will.

Schools with larger alumni bases and deeper pockets can pay more for players no matter what narrative Jimbo Fisher is trying to spin. It’s not a straight payout scenario, but definitely as close as you can get without breaking NCAA rules.

Now in Tallahassee there is a new development.

Florida State football is reportedly dealing with a pay-for-play adjacent scenario with one of its best cornerbacks. The Seminoles opened spring training over the weekend and will continue through the April 9 Spring Game, but would be without Jarvis Brownlee for the foreseeable future.

Right now, Brownlee seems to be holding up.

According to Ingram Smith of The Nolecast, FSU’s #1 football podcast in the nation, it’s because Brownlee is frustrated with a current NIL issue. Despite rumors that Brownlee is missing out on a deal, he says that, as he understands, Brownlee has a deal in place but is currently ineligible.

Josh Newberg of Noles247, the Seminoles-focused affiliate site for 247 Sports, also hinted at the reluctance.

The belief is that Brownlee, a Florida State starter last season and a four-star freshman out of high school, won’t dress up this spring until that’s sorted out. The day spring training started, Brownlee posted a cryptic tweet about how “God got it.”

He followed that up with another vague tweet on Tuesday.

And then, on Wednesday, he responded to Smith’s report by saying all he knew was football.

It’s unclear what Brownlee’s tweets mean or if they have anything to do with the NIL situation. However, if he really chooses not to practice because of the snafu with his NIL contract, he is believed to be the first college football player to do so.

The NIL era is unlike anything college football has seen before. It’s wild.