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Texas Football Sponsors ‘Cattle Call’ | News, Sports, Jobs

By on December 18, 2021 0

By Bill Contz

For the mirror

Let the state renowned for exploiting its vast oil reserves leave it to its flagship institution of higher education to set the bar for monetizing the value of a university lineman.

The recent Texas Longhorns unveiling “The pancake factory” gives a whole new meaning to the sentence “Premium Texas steer” with a program that now allocates $ 50,000 per year to each of their 16 fellowship offensive linemen.

This venture trumps the school’s Clark Field Collective, a NIL multisport initiative that previously pledged a minimum of $ 150,000 to every UT lineman while they were on campus.

Talk about a cattle call.

This thing might attract more weight than the all-you-can-eat prime rib night at Golden Corral.

Lone Star State has consistently boasted of attracting local talent; However, you wouldn’t know that with a football schedule that has produced exactly one 10-game winning season since 2010.

It is evident that much of this talent has jumped the barriers to greener pastures of rival conferences in recent times and this new “factory” intends to change that.

As well as being affiliated with a hugely well-funded non-profit organization known as Horns with Heart, what really sets this program apart from the other NILs that are now dotting the new college football financial landscape is that names, their images and likenesses of Texas players will change from time to time. years, which makes it more of a conceptual picture to fill in as opposed to the actual likeness of a specific player.

If I’m a stock Texan lineman, I absolutely agree with this year’s red shirt if it is offered because I can cash in an extra $ 50,000. That’s a good quarter of a million for my five year stay in Austin. Hang ’em from the horns, baby.

You have to wonder if the agent representing first-year coach Steve Sarkisian included a clause in his client’s contract that these types of incentive programs be created in the early years of his tenure.

Since then “factory” will now set aside $ 800,000 for all stock offensive linemen, we need to clarify some things.

First of all, what prevents the head coach from allocating a significant part of his remuneration and making his own annual contribution to this worthy “‘charity?”

I would bet he would do it whenever he needed to match the going rate, which would be what Oklahoma or Baylor would pay for their graders.

Hey, it’s not just a tax deduction, it’s for a good cause (namely his own), right?

And what happens when the coaching staff decide that due to a series of injuries in defense they need to move a player across the line of scrimmage and convert him to a nose tackle? ? Would this player see a reduction in his allowance of $ 50,000?

Let’s be realistic. This is just a different version of money laundering, with a Power 5 school providing the funding to bolster their ongoing offense and protect their most valuable asset, their quarterback.

I can think of another public college actively looking to improve their running game by improving their existing offensive line skills.

Unless Penn State considers offering similar perks, rivals will bring together all of the Blue Ribbon talent to own their programs.

Watch out for all of the Farm Show attendees – make your way to the main arena as the bidding war for premium beef has just begun.

Contz was a starting offensive tackle on Penn State’s first national championship team in 1982 and played six seasons in the NFL with New Orleans and Cleveland. He published a book in 2017, “When the Lions roared: Joe Paterno and one of the best teams in college football.” He resides in Pittsburgh.

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