Hope everyone enjoyed the 4th of July and for those off today, make it count.
It’s Monday and we’re back after the weekend. The links keep pressing on, so check out the latest Mountain West and college sports-related news from around the web, plus the original content we have coming your way this week.
Which G5 schools will benefit most from NIL?
The Athletic’s weekly Group of 5 Mailbag answers many interesting questions. For G5 teams benefitting the most, it factors in colleges who are the main attraction in their city, like Boise State, UCF, Appalachian State, Southern Miss, Wyoming, Georgia Southern, and Hawaii. Chris Vannini picks Nevada, Tulane and Rice as three teams that could have big years. Finally, should mid-major or another term replace the “Group of 5”?
Early reports of NIL deals with athletes
As of Friday, Opendorse reported that they made more than 1,200 offers to student-athletes, with the largest one being for $4,000. The bulk of the deals are in the $50-500 range. However the volume of offers are more impressive than the amount of money in an individual deal. One brand, Gopuff, opened up its offer to every student-athlete, which is the definition of equal opportunity. In addition to football, MBB and WBB, softball and baseball players have announced offers.
Boise State schedule updates.
#BoiseState announces some big changes to future football schedules…— Will Hall (@WillHallKTVB) July 2, 2021
Statements below from Jeramiah Dickey and Andy Avalos ⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/vTE0XWv7w8
Answers to NIL FAQs ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/HJ0AHTq4To— Taylor West (@TaylorLWest_) July 1, 2021
’ ‼️@GaleLaurennn named to the women's 4x400m relay team as the youngest member of #TeamCanada !#CSURams | #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/65aOWA3eqi— Colorado State Rams (@CSURams) July 3, 2021
On the horizon:
- Later today: A new MWC Recruiting Roundup, with July Team Recruiting Rankings.
- Coming Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Biggest Surprises
- Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: Is the Arms Race Over for the MWC?