SEC Team’s NIL Collective Chastised For Now Deleted Tweet About Paying Players

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An SEC team’s NIL collective is being ripped apart on social media thanks to a now-deleted tweet. The University of South Carolina is the focal point of online criticism following an interesting comment about paying players.

The reply came in direct response to a Gamecocks insider’s remarks about the program’s recruiting efforts. It’s since been taken down from the NIL collective’s Twitter timeline, but nothing truly disappears on the internet.

The Garnet Trust is the collective in question due to its latest social media activity.

Mike Uva, a respected South Carolina personality with On3 Sports, sent off a chain of tweets surrounding the football program’s recent success on the trail. The Gamecocks just landed a commitment from five-star defender Dylan Stewart and have been in contention for a number of highly rated prospects.

Uva’s tweets complimented the culture that third-year coach Shane Beamer is building in Columbia.

Uva tagged The Garnet Trust in one of those messages, saying that the potential to consistently land talent could continue to rise as the NIL collective increases incentives packages for student athletes.

The group then had an interesting response, which is now being chastised by college football fans.

“If money is the deciding factor for a player, chances are they aren’t the kind of athlete who will appreciate the culture our coaches are building,” the tweet read.

It sparked an immediate reaction on social media.

“South Carolina’s official NIL collective to give players money has some interesting thoughts on giving players money,” one account said.

Many insinuated that Coach Beamer was likely unhappy to hear that response.

“I know a football coach who probably isn’t very happy with our NIL team,” this fan said.

Big yikes for the Gamecocks.

“Sometimes, it’s best to stay off the app,” one follower wrote about the NIL team’s tweet.

That’s likely be the best advice for this particular scenario.