Lack of NIL Opportunity Behind Wichita State Defections

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The lack of a name, image and likeness vision within the Wichita State University athletic department has been widely identified as a main reason  eight scholarship players on the Shockers basketball team are entering the NCAA transfer portal this spring.

The Wichita Eagle recently spoke with Wichita State athletic director Darron Boatright, who has taken the brunt of the criticism from fans, to find out why WSU has seemingly been caught off guard and, as a result, left trailing in the race to establish NIL collectives and raise money to retain current players and attract new ones.

“Where we erred was focusing on educating our athletes about NIL and not just collecting cash and paying kids to come to Wichita State,” Boatright told The Eagle in an exclusive interview. “We were told all along this was not pay-for-play, but now it appears the NCAA has no problems with that, so why not?”

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