Texas Longhorns Linemen to Benefit from New NIL Program
The saying goes “Everything is bigger in Texas”. Well, with a new NIL program put together by Texas nonprofit Horns with Heart, some of the most important people in Texas will be doing a lot better financially.
The Horns with Heart program is specially designed to put the University of Texas ahead of its competition in terms of NIL compensation. In this case, the offensive linemen will be the recipients. The approximately 14-16 Longhorn linemen involved will each receive a payment of $ 50,000 per year effective August 1, 2022. However, one of the co-founders of Horns with Heart, Rob blair, said he wanted those programs to expand to all of Texas football and then eventually to all of Texas track programs in general, but for now Longhorn O linemen will have to do.
While the program can’t afford to pay everyone on the UT list, they plan to expand their compensation as soon as possible. The O lineman’s compensation program is called “The Pancake Factory”, named after the term “pancake block”. made to fall face down. It is not, however, the first crowdfunding funded positional payment plan for Texas soccer players. Blair, with another co-founder created the “burnt tipsSchedule in September – a schedule to compensate Longhorn’s tight ends for their time with the team. Texas tight ends will receive four-figure monthly allowances as long as they stay on the list. It’s a flat rate. It doesn’t matter if you are a benchwarmer or an All-SEC / Big 12, you will get what you pay for.
Blair mentioned in his statement to On3 that the University of Oregon is another school that has made its mark on the NIL scene and will use crowdfunded nonprofit programs to help recruit the best players in the country. Blair claims these programs were put in place to help Texas win, but he doesn’t expect results. “To be at the forefront of [NIL] is the most important thing for us – making sure Texas is not left behind. Whatever the product on the court, our support for the University of Texas goes far beyond wins and losses. “
So how is all this business venture funded? Well, the same way every booster club is funded. Texas fans will pay a monthly fee ($ 10 minimum depending on Surly Horns website, but can go up to $ 50 per month for the highest level), which will go directly to the players themselves. There are hundreds, if not thousands of Texas fans ready to help the cause. Less than three hours after the launch of the “Burnt Ends” program, more than 250 fans had already signed up. Even though every fan signed up for the $ 10 per month minimum payout option, it still works out to $ 2,500 per month for Tight Ends Texas. Given that there are seven tight ends on the Texas soccer roster in 2021, there was still a long way to go before the program was able to confidently deliver on its four-figure allowance pledge by month. Hopefully he reached that level within three months of his launch.
But why the tight ends and the offensive linemen? Obviously, having an edge in the recruiting processes for these positions will help the team immensely, but wouldn’t these Texas fans want to go for quarterbacks, running backs and linebackers first before they go? move to âless glamorousâ positions? According to Blair, that’s part of the reason they decided to go for tight ends and offensive linemen. While the team’s star half-back is obviously going to âbe taken care of,â financially speaking, âthe fourth string tight end who gets nothing is who we need to take care of. It was too easy an idea.
Quarterbacks and wide receivers who score touchdowns are obviously going to receive tons of NIL offers while playing for the biggest college football brand in America. However, it’s the pigs up front that make or break the team, so offer them a the incentive to play for Texas just makes sense from a fan’s perspective.
Who knows? If enough Texas fans hear about it, they could have a huge amount of money each month to donate to really help the college track program thrive. Maybe if Texas celebrity Matthew McConaughey hears about these programs, he could donate a Lincoln or two to help the cause. I’m sure Texas fans and athletes alike would find any donation he offers would be … alright, alright, alright. I am sorry. I had to.