Mac Engel: The future of NCAA athletics is with Texas Tech, and it’s going to involve you and your wallet – Texarkana Gazette | Hot Mobile Press

FORT WORTH, Texas — The $1,000 handshake from the booster/fan to the Big 12 kick returner who scored a touchdown in a 61-6 win over an FCS school now has an online donation form and is for entitled to a tax write-off. out.

Texas Tech is taking full advantage of this new NCAA allowance.

Tech isn’t as secure in college football’s power paradigm as Texas or Texas A&M, but prominent Red Raider boosters are doing whatever it takes to ensure Tech’s future, including a plan to allow fans to help players build them to pay.

Cody Campbell, co-CEO and co-founder of Double Eagle Energy in Fort Worth, this week helped announce Texas Tech’s new NIL collective through the Matador Club, which will pay 100 Texas Tech soccer players $25,000.

Campbell currently serves on Texas Tech’s Board of Regents and is a former Texas Tech offensive lineman who donated $25 million to fund a football stadium project announced last December.

“For me, ROI (return on investment) supports the school I love and the community I love,” Cody Campbell said in a phone interview. “Seeing them succeed is the ROI.”

In the past eight months, no college football program has done more for its future than Texas Tech; in November it hired new football coach Joey McGuire.

In December, it announced the major renovation project in the south end zone of Jones AT&T Stadium.

This month it announced a $200 million project that will make Texas Tech the largest “contiguous football complex” in the US

“We are committed to competing at the highest level; when this facility is complete it will be one of the top five facilities in the nation,” Campbell said. “We’re in a solid financial position and have positioned ourselves to be part of college football’s premier league.”

No matter how absurd you think the current collegiate athletics model is, it’s here to stay until it collapses, which won’t happen until most of us are gone.

“No, I don’t think that’s sustainable if you’re dependent on big donors,” Campbell said.

This is where you come in.

A Red Raiders fan can donate money to fund the substitute directly.

If you want your school to win football or men’s basketball games, it costs more than the price of a ticket, a cap or this donation to the Big School Sports Teams Foundation.

It’s about paying players. All schools will soon need your help to foot the bill for the four-star wide receiver.

“What we’ve done (with Matador Club NIL) is we’ve done a good job of crowdfunding, and I think that’s going to grow from that,” Campbell said. “A school like Texas Tech that has a large fan base and alumni base is really going to help.

“The only thing that has encouraged me is the size and passion of the Texas Tech people. We have received donations of any amount from $10 per month to $100 per month since our announcement. I’m definitely encouraged by our ability to endure.”

According to website matadorclub.org, you can make a one-time donation that “helps student-athletes make ends meet.”

Your donation comes with certain benefits, such as: B. “Insider updates on athlete performances.”

And “Invitations to Matador Club events for Strive for Honor members.”

Campbell said the money generated for NIL distribution purposes goes into what functions like a checking or savings account; the interest generated is minimal.

If these NIL funds get big enough, which is what all the signs suggest, you can expect them to be managed like an investment portfolio. That’s down the street.

Unlike a donation to a foundation, which can be earmarked for a specific purpose, contributions to these NIL collectives go into a general pot that is shared equally among a group of student athletes.

Some of the language and specifics of the NCAA’s NIL world is still being worked out.

What classifies as “work” for the student-athlete to earn these NIL checks is yet to be determined. Most likely, it will just be the result of making a public appearance on behalf of the team or school.

Then there is the question of taxes; our dear Uncle Sam, whether blue or red, always gets his money’s worth.

Sports departments are trying to teach these young people how to manage their newfound fortune so they don’t get in trouble on April 15, when it comes time to file a tax return.

It’s too early in the process to know if players are actually listening; A safe answer is, “No.”

The rules of this current NIL world are fluid, and all parties involved expect a stricter language to be introduced in the next year or so.

Expect it to look something like a salary cap with a softer title.

Expect enforcement to be ineffective.

The system is absurd. The system makes no sense. Nobody does anything to change it.

As a veteran college track and field official with nearly 50 years of experience once warned me, “Nothing will stop college football.”

It doesn’t matter much how we got to this point in college football’s journey through the seven layers of the Contradiction Forest, but here we are.

People like Cody Campbell and so many others who love college athletics, and college football in particular, will do anything to ensure their team wins the next game.

They always have.

The difference now in a NIL world is that the sports departments don’t just rely on a handful of wealthy boosters to help them out.

They will all soon be asking their alumni and fans to donate $100 to donate money to the running back, guard, defensive tackle, point guard, outfielder or whoever so your team has a better chance of winning a college sporting event to win.

It’s obviously absurd.

It’s also collegiate athletics.

Nothing stops it.

Get out your checkbook.

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