I’m taking a break from discussing the NIL chatter. NIL fatigue if you will. Today, I want to address the student athlete and discuss something far more important…
Young athletes are the future of sports. With their drive and passion for the game, they can create opportunities for themselves and others. Given the right guidance, young athletes can develop into successful, well-rounded athletes.
So here we are at the start of football season. There are already some great storylines to follow. From several coaches already being fired to the NCAA announcing a 12 team playoff. But the NIL news that monopolized the past year has fallen wayside to the talk radio blowhards who don’t know diddly about this space. I apologize if I’m a little passionate about this; I have heard some ridiculous comments about NIL.
The iconoclastic phrase, “Whoa Nelly!” coined by legendary announcer Keith Jackson was an exclamation of surprise or astonishment when something is more intense than one expected.
Somewhere in the lexicon of college athletics there came a wink and a nod agreement between athlete and administration that the player will simply bow down to the wizard behind the curtain. Well, that all changed this past year.