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Wading Temple in NIL, Collectives, Alston Prize

Temple Vice President and Athletic Director Arthur Johnson (Photo: Zamani Sentiments)

Temple administration continues to roam the NIL space with ongoing discussions about collectives and Alston awards, while student-athletes are fully engaged in the NBC Sports Athlete Direct program and other NIL activities, explained Vice President and Director of Athletics Arthur Johnson in an interview this week with OwlsDaily.

Johnson discussed a wide range of issues facing owls in the rapidly changing landscape of college sports in a 75-minute interview, which will be released in parts throughout the week. Click here to read the first part of the interviewfocusing on what Johnson has seen and heard in his first eight months on the job, and how he’s going about developing a master plan for the athletic department.

Regarding NIL activities and other financial incentives for student-athletes who were given the green light by the Supreme Court last year, Johnson described what the Owls have done so far and what is in the works with fans and alumni who organize collectives to fund additional student-athletes. Opportunities.

“There are ongoing discussions about collectives,” Johnson said. “We think it’s something important for us. At the same time, we obviously try to make sure that we’re not breaking state law in regards to our involvement with her. We can help set up the structure and be part of those discussions so they are compliant and don’t break the rules.

Collectives are currently at the center of the NCAA’s ecosphere, allowing fans to pool money and provide five-figure or higher payouts to student-athletes under the NIL umbrella. There is supposed to be a line between paying current student-athletes and using that money as a direct recruiting incentive.

“The NCAA is at a crossroads with all the uncertainty now,” Johnson said. “They’re kind of paralyzed by this whole thing, trying to figure out how they’re going to hold a school accountable for something someone or something has done. Collectives essentially allowed boosters to re-engage in the recruiting process. And this is a major concern at the national level at the moment.

The collectives currently forming and operating to support Temple student-athletes have yet to announce their activities or publicly announce new members.

“I think it will be up to those groups,” Johnson said. “Obviously we can’t publicize or broadcast them.”

While collectives can provide funds to student-athletes, the University also has the ability to provide Alston Scholarships, which are academic achievement-based payments — another byproduct of the Supreme Court’s decision. ‘last year. These would be in addition to the participation fees that Temple pays to its scholarship athletes.

“We had very brief discussions about it,” Johnson said. “At the moment we haven’t said, OK, definitely we’re going to do Alston awards. We have to look and see if financially it makes sense for us and see how we do.

Johnson then pointed to a different financial benefit Temple provides to all of its scholarship athletes that is not common in the NCAA.

“One of the things we do that a lot of schools don’t do is fund summer school,” he said. “So, for every scholarship student-athlete who wishes to participate in the summer school, it is fully funded. The last two places I worked (Texas and Georgia) was men’s and women’s soccer and basketball, and maybe a sport here and there, or any kid that had problems school. But the University is committed to it, and it plays a huge role in our overall academic success. Funding for summer school is a benefit that goes beyond a simple scholarship, as summer school is usually not included.

The Owls are also three months into their partnership with NBC Sports Athlete Direct, a pilot program currently only available to student-athletes from Temple, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame. The program offers NIL opportunities from major advertisers that largely revolve around student-athletes monetizing their social media followings.

Temple student-athletes also have numerous private NIL agreements in place, all of which must be disclosed to the Athletic Department.

“Right now we have, I would say, 85 to 95 different offers that are out there,” Johnson said. “Some kids have multiple offers. Some are much more committed than others to this. We have office hours where they can come in and learn more about how to build their brand, how to make video, the creative piece.

“Every kid has a chance to do that if they want to. And the goal is to meet them where they want to be. Not every kid is interested in NIL space. And I hear that from some of my colleagues across the country as well.

Click here to read Part I of OwlsDaily’s 75 minute interview with Temple AD Arthur Johnson.