Every Single Scholarship Gophers Football Player Has an NIL Deal, PJ Fleck Reveals

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The Minnesota Gophers have stepped up their NIL game in recent years and months. Pretty much since the middle of the season when head coach PJ Fleck pleaded with the fanbase on his weekly in-season radio show to donate more money or the University of Minnesota was going to become nothing more than a minor league team for bigger schools with more money to offer players.

On Wednesday at his spring press conference, Fleck had a much different tune when asked about the current state of the Gophers’ Name, Image and Likeness program, along with their official NIL collective, Dinkytown Athletes.

PJ Fleck singing a different tune surrounding NIL situation​

Instead of doom and gloom, PJ boasted about bringing back 15 of 16 possible starters between offense and defense (the only starter they lost was former QB Athan Kaliakmanis). Thanked all of the people who have poured in money, time and effort to grow their NIL situation into a place that appears competitive with most other power 5 schools and much better off than some.

“I think it’s 15 of the 16 starters are back and we lost one starter. But other than that, 15 of them decided to stay. I’m sure they could all make more money, I don’t think that’s a secret. But I am really really thankful and proud of Dinkytown Athletes, our fans, our administration… of really investing into our players.

Is they’re always going to be a bigger house? Yes. Is there always gonna be someone who makes more money? Yes. Is there always gonna be a faster car? Yes. There’s always going to be that, absolutely. But I think what we do, and how we do it it, fits our culture and what we do within our program of connecting a football team.”

Every Minnesota Gophers football player has an NIL Deal​

What the influx in NIL cash has allowed them to do is level the playing field with other competitive power five schools across the country. In fact, PJ revealed something else that certainly caught my attention. He told reporters that every single scholarship player on the football team is making something in NIL money.

“Every single scholarship athlete, I can say that, makes NIL money. And I’m a firm believer in connecting the entire football team. Now, like anything, as you continue to go through, you know, [some] people will have abilities to make more, I’m sure. But it’s one of those things that we take a lot of pride in, in connecting our team.”


Go Gophers!!
 

We've come a long way from the days when Glen Mason said his players couldn't even afford to buy a pizza on the weekend. I'm definitely in favor of the players getting a slice of the pie (pun intended) after decades of the NCAA raking in billions. Now, perhaps the pendulum has swung too far in the player's direction but I would expect some evolution of this process to endure the survival of the system. When and how is anybody's guess.
 

There's billboards for sports betting and passing the hat to pay college football players (U of Florida) all over Tampa Bay. Fake coins are worth $70,000 real dollars and the stock market is making daily all time highs. Even the Gophers have NIL money sloshing around.

Nobody gets to say the economy is a disaster while all this is going on, k?
 

There's billboards for sports betting and passing the hat to pay college football players (U of Florida) all over Tampa Bay. Fake coins are worth $70,000 real dollars and the stock market is making daily all time highs. Even the Gophers have NIL money sloshing around.

Nobody gets to say the economy is a disaster while all this is going on, k?
Home Economics is not Economics.
 

There's billboards for sports betting and passing the hat to pay college football players (U of Florida) all over Tampa Bay. Fake coins are worth $70,000 real dollars and the stock market is making daily all time highs. Even the Gophers have NIL money sloshing around.

Nobody gets to say the economy is a disaster while all this is going on, k?
Coyle & Fleck should hire Vikings reserves and other better players to be on the Gophers.
 


there is NIL money and then there is NIL money.

hawking T-shirts and posters, signing autographs, doing social media influencing - there is some money to be made there.

but the big money - the "pay for play" money - that requires the fat cats with deep pockets. If the U of MN has any of those guys stashed away, they are keeping it a very well-guarded secret.
 

there is NIL money and then there is NIL money.

hawking T-shirts and posters, signing autographs, doing social media influencing - there is some money to be made there.

but the big money - the "pay for play" money - that requires the fat cats with deep pockets. If the U of MN has any of those guys stashed away, they are keeping it a very well-guarded secret.
Or, it requires play makers...guys who develop into likely first rounders or guys with infectious personalities who at at least play and have a huge social media following...if you have one of those two things and good business representation you can make a ton of money from national sponsors.

Caitlin Clark, Shedur Sanders, Caleb Williams etc on the high side but I'm sure there are a lot of guys with a couple deals making a $100,000 rather anonymously. Guys where it is more them taking the initiative and not the collective or a bit of both in harmony to surpass $100k.
 

Caitlin Clark, Shedur Sanders, Caleb Williams etc on the high side but I'm sure there are a lot of guys with a couple deals making a $100,000 rather anonymously. Guys where it is more them taking the initiative and not the collective or a bit of both in harmony to surpass $100k.
I know you tossed in etc but still that is not exactly a high percentage. What I like is that PJ is better suited for a bygone time but he has adjusted.
 

There's billboards for sports betting and passing the hat to pay college football players (U of Florida) all over Tampa Bay. Fake coins are worth $70,000 real dollars and the stock market is making daily all time highs. Even the Gophers have NIL money sloshing around.

Nobody gets to say the economy is a disaster while all this is going on, k?
Are you OK?
 



Per Strack:

The Minnesota Gophers have stepped up their NIL game in recent years and months. Pretty much since the middle of the season when head coach PJ Fleck pleaded with the fanbase on his weekly in-season radio show to donate more money or the University of Minnesota was going to become nothing more than a minor league team for bigger schools with more money to offer players.

On Wednesday at his spring press conference, Fleck had a much different tune when asked about the current state of the Gophers’ Name, Image and Likeness program, along with their official NIL collective, Dinkytown Athletes.

PJ Fleck singing a different tune surrounding NIL situation​

Instead of doom and gloom, PJ boasted about bringing back 15 of 16 possible starters between offense and defense (the only starter they lost was former QB Athan Kaliakmanis). Thanked all of the people who have poured in money, time and effort to grow their NIL situation into a place that appears competitive with most other power 5 schools and much better off than some.

“I think it’s 15 of the 16 starters are back and we lost one starter. But other than that, 15 of them decided to stay. I’m sure they could all make more money, I don’t think that’s a secret. But I am really really thankful and proud of Dinkytown Athletes, our fans, our administration… of really investing into our players.

Is they’re always going to be a bigger house? Yes. Is there always gonna be someone who makes more money? Yes. Is there always gonna be a faster car? Yes. There’s always going to be that, absolutely. But I think what we do, and how we do it it, fits our culture and what we do within our program of connecting a football team.”

Every Minnesota Gophers football player has an NIL Deal​

What the influx in NIL cash has allowed them to do is level the playing field with other competitive power five schools across the country. In fact, PJ revealed something else that certainly caught my attention. He told reporters that every single scholarship player on the football team is making something in NIL money.




Go Gophers!!

Excellent thst everyone gets a taste; avoids a have and have not situation and the subsequent animosity.
 

Not the be that person, but EA offered every scholarship player in the FBS $600 in NIL money. So literally every coach in FBS can claim that every scholarship player in their program was offered NIL money. Any chance that Fleck is just spinning the EA offer to make it seem like the NIL here is better than it is?
 

What I envision with NIL, and would do if I was age 20 and in college again, is start some sort of influencer channel. Sort of what The Cartier Family did a few years ago...a few of college kids (I think they are athletes) doing short reaction videos and chatting about current events. I believe these guys bring in some pretty good coin.
 

There's billboards for sports betting and passing the hat to pay college football players (U of Florida) all over Tampa Bay. Fake coins are worth $70,000 real dollars and the stock market is making daily all time highs. Even the Gophers have NIL money sloshing around.

Nobody gets to say the economy is a disaster while all this is going on, k?
Yes & the world is flat, the check is in the mail & I am from the government here to help. The Big lies.
 



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Not the be that person, but EA offered every scholarship player in the FBS $600 in NIL money. So literally every coach in FBS can claim that every scholarship player in their program was offered NIL money. Any chance that Fleck is just spinning the EA offer to make it seem like the NIL here is better than it is?
Not really important. Whatever the source, if it's enough to keep every starter that you wanted to keep, it's enough. PJs tone on this is completely different than it was a year ago. That tells me he feels good about it. Plus... if he needed a lot more NIL money, why would he spin it to appear that he doesn't?
 


Hope we don’t have any players like Proctor at Iowa.. Collecting NIL money from them and bolting to ? to collect their money.
 

There's billboards for sports betting and passing the hat to pay college football players (U of Florida) all over Tampa Bay. Fake coins are worth $70,000 real dollars and the stock market is making daily all time highs. Even the Gophers have NIL money sloshing around.

Nobody gets to say the economy is a disaster while all this is going on, k?
Bitcoin isn't fake. You might not understand it, but that's a different issue.
 


Not the be that person, but EA offered every scholarship player in the FBS $600 in NIL money. So literally every coach in FBS can claim that every scholarship player in their program was offered NIL money. Any chance that Fleck is just spinning the EA offer to make it seem like the NIL here is better than it is?
I was just going to say the same. Vast majority of college football players have an NIL deal in place.

But, to PJ's defense... he isn't wrong and when he says it the average person on the street thinks "Wow, the Gophers must be doing something right."
 




Guessing he wasn't being literal....I sensed just a bit of hyperbole in that post.
When I re-read it after taking this into consideration, I agree with you. It does sound more like it was made in jest. I just get defensive since I'm a crypto fan haha.
 



I assume every FBS player is getting money from multiple NIL sources.
 

Like saying my stock in a company he has never heard of is fake.
Your stock in that company represents some claim on the assets and future revenues of that company. If most investors sold their shares the price of those shares would go down a lot, but the value they represent would stay the same, assuming the business didn't change.

Bitcoin is backed by nothing except the collective inflows to bitcoin, which depend almost entirely on investor sentiment and the ability to easily flow money into Bitcoin (recently, ETFs). If everyone sold their bitcoin the price would go down and their value would go down by the exact same amount, because the only value it has the value it can be sold for. There is no tangible value.

None of this means I'm not invested in Bitcoin. Sentiment plays are still valid plays. I simply mentioned it because it's an example of how sentiment is extremely positive (this also shows up in discretionary purchases) while Americans say on surveys that the economy is worse than 2008. A lot of this survey response is partisan politics, a bombardment of negativity on social media coming from foreign and domestic voices, and a real situation of young people being left behind by asset price inflation.
 


It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year, tax season, so it would be interesting to know what number of players (or maybe their parents) reached the threshold to have to file and pay the man. IIRC 13K or so of earned income for most. What kind of reporting is going on at the collectives, etc etc. This is possibly where the long-rumored envelopes or bags of cash win the day. In any case a good education for all.
 

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year, tax season, so it would be interesting to know what number of players (or maybe their parents) reached the threshold to have to file and pay the man. IIRC 13K or so of earned income for most. What kind of reporting is going on at the collectives, etc etc. This is possibly where the long-rumored envelopes or bags of cash win the day. In any case a good education for all.
Income from any form of scholarship, fellowship, whatever that a school pays out to you that you then spend like income on anything other than a qualified education expense (which is a pretty strict list), is taxed the same as income.

Even a guy "just" on a so-called FCOA (full cost of attendance, which is the standard in FBS) scholarship probably gets at least $500-1000 per month of straight cash, after it goes towards tuition, fees, room & board.

Even the board part is a bit of fudging, because these guys on the team probably have wide ranging access to athlete-only dining services and can take away unlimited snacks, drinks/shakes, food. Point being they never have a reason to ever set foot inside a regular campus dining hall, even though the scholarship value accounts for that.
 




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