I disagree with this overall assessment.
First, we weren't competing with the big programs in the first place.
Second, it doesn't change the landscape from player availability. There are still 13 scholarship players allowed. It isn't like Kentucky can now pay 75 recruits to hang out on their roster. In some ways, it increases the availability if kids at a Kentucky stay in the NCAA longer instead of going to the NBA early.
Third, most of us suspect that many of the big programs were paying their players already, just under the table. Now it will just be in the open. Programs like Mason that strive to even avoid the gray areas can now pay their players something. It might only be 1, 5 or $10k, but it will help those students to be able to visit their local family on weekends (Odurro), buy gas (could have helped a former student...), eat better, etc.
We are still competing with other A10 programs and the like. If we can out NIL them, we are better off. If we can't we will be worse off. At the moment, we are doing a decent job compared to other programs at our level. Hopefully that trend is sustainable.