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Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi backs UNC’s Mack Brown, says schools offered Heels QB Drake Maye $5 million to transfer

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North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye is set to return to the Tar Heels next season, but according to his coach, he turned down “a whole lot of money” to make that possible.

Mack Brown claimed this week that schools offered Maye NIL (name, image, and likeness) deals to incentivize him to transfer. While he wouldn’t name any schools, Brown said they were “the ones who are getting all the top recruits.”

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Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi offered more details, putting a dollar figure on the supposed deals. He told Pittsburgh radio station KDKA that Maye was offered $5 million to transfer. Like Brown, he wouldn’t say which schools made the offer but claimed he knew who they were. 

Narduzzi said the ever-evolving system of the transfer portal and NIL money is getting out of control, calling it “a sad, sad deal.”

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While NIL deals have allowed college athletes to finally profit off of their abilities, they’re not intended to be used hand-in-hand with offers from schools themselves. That hasn’t stopped similar deals from being made.

An NIL offer was speculated to be the reason former Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison, who played under Narduzzi, abruptly transferred to USC last May. In men’s basketball, former Kansas State guard Nijel Pack received an $800,000 NIL deal from LifeWallet as soon as he transferred to Miami in the spring. 

If what Brown and Narduzzi are alleging is true, it would rise to tampering, as Maye never entered the transfer portal. It’s impossible to police how schools and their boosters use NIL to lure players in the portal, but Maye never entered his name despite speculation that he could.

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Maye finished eighth in Heisman Trophy voting in his first season as the Tar Heels’ starter, throwing for 4,112 yards and 35 touchdowns. He will be draft-eligible after the 2023 season. 


Credit: sportingnews.com

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