Score fast, score hard, no mercy.
- Sep 20, 2009
Rickea coming back meant a lot more from that perspective than the role players re-signing their deals.
The Boost-Her Club is doing the best it can for our athletes, and I have a lot of confidence in the people running it. Unfortunately, this program has a lot of well-heeled donors that are less supportive of the idea of student athletes making money, compared to some other schools that have been able to be very active in the transfer portal and on the recruiting trail.
There are a lot of people and businesses locally that support the programs, but will only continue making their donations to the Tennessee fund and buy tickets, rather than supporting the volunteer club or the boost-her club to affect the NIL space.
DeerPark, knowing the program as well as you do, do you get the sense that those well-heeled donors do not support the new NIL environment because they believe it's unnecessary (or even "wrong," in some ethical sense), for Tennessee to participate, or is it more being unaware of just how impactful that support is for schools who are succeeding in recruiting?
Or perhaps a better way to ask this might be - do you get any sense that seeing these other schools succeed decisively in recruiting will spur them to adapt, or is their attitude more or less set in stone? It's been implied here and elsehwere, rightly or wrongly I couldn't say, that Tennessee has lost a few big names this recruiting cycle because of "better offers," and if those claims are true, I wonder how that donor group feels about those situations.