The University of Texas launches LEVERAGE program to assist in NIL

The University of Texas announced that they have launched a program to assist with NIL. The LEVERAGE program will assist student athletes.

According to a press release from the University of Texas, they are launching a new program called ‘LEVERAGE.’ This program will focus on four key areas to help student athletes maximize their brand and platform. With the new NIL rules, student athletes will be able to earn income off of their own name, image and likeness.

LEVERAGE, which is part of the new the new 4EVER TEXAS program, is composed of four main areas of focus: Personal Branding & Brand Management, Business Formation & Entrepreneurship, Opportunity Management and Financial Literacy.

“When it comes to exposure, visibility, valuable connections and a broad and far-reaching network, Texas has all of that,” said Texas Football head coach Tom Herman. “With the NIL opportunities coming in the near future, the establishment of the LEVERAGE program is a personal development area where we will provide unmatched resources when it comes to building our players’ brands. The people they will meet, opportunities at their disposal and the resources our first-class Football and Athletics programs will provide are second to none, and this program is just another great reason to be a Texas Longhorn.”

This will help give the Longhorns the leg up on recruiting. In the ever evolving world of college athletics, one of the key issues revolves paying players their worth. For years it has been an ongoing argument about if and how student athletes should be allowed to receive financial compensation for their efforts.

According to the USA TODAY Sports database, no university generates more revenue than the University of Texas. In the 2018-2019 school calendar year, the Longhorns generated over $223 million worth of revenue. With the NIL, student athletes could tap into that brand.

The University of Texas launching LEVERAGE will not only help the university, but it helps the student athletes who want to build their brand. Athletes who want a huge platform and being able to earn their worth according to NIL rules.

The University of Texas reveals return to campus plans

The interim Univeristy of Texas President Jay Hartzell released the plans for a return to campus for the fall of 2020.

The return of sports at the collegiate level has been ever-changing conversation. The situation surround the pandemic or COVID-19 outbreak has been a fluid one. For the University of Texas it has been no different than anyone else.

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On Monday, the office of the University’s Presidents office release plans for the return to campus for athletes and students.

Every person in our community has unique circumstances and concerns to contend with during this difficult time. Our faculty and staff members have stepped up to adapt courses and develop an innovative range of formats for teaching and learning, including adding additional online courses in recent weeks, and their efforts will continue throughout the summer. For students and families, we want you to have the ability to make informed choices about how you experience the fall semester, while keeping in mind that COVID-19 and its spread in Texas will continue to shape the exact ways we teach, learn, work and conduct research on and off campus. We are also reimagining student life activities, to hold them either fully or partially online or in outdoor spaces.

  • The dates for the semester outlined in the release show that the fall semester will begin on August 26, 2020 and run through November 25th. Final exams will take place online from December 7-10th.
  • Students may choose whether to attend classes in person or online.
  • Classes will take place between 8 am and 8 pm with no classrooms to reach more than 40% capacity
  • Online, in-person and hybrid classes will be the three options available. Hybrid will have a mix of online and in person classes.

The release goes on to detail how cloth masks are mandatory on campus for in person classes or when out on the campus grounds. They are not mandatory when in the dorm. The school and Big 12 Conference are still putting together a plan for the athletic departments.

  • The university is developing policies and procedures for hosting football games and other athletics events this fall pursuant to state, local and Big 12 Conference health and safety guidelines. UT expects to narrow the scenarios under consideration by the first week of August.
  • We are also implementing policies and procedures to return essential coaches, athletics staff and all student-athletes to campus in the fall for practice/competition pursuant to guidance by the CDC, state and local officials and athletics and campus medical staff.
  • For more information, please read the Athletics COVID-19 Policies and Procedures Manuals. – per the release

You can read the full release from the University using the following link;

Reopening plans


Texas president Greg Fenves to leave for Emory

Texas president Greg Fenves will be leaving UT for Emory at the end of June. Fenves has been the school’s president for the past five years.

First reported by Horns247, University of Texas president Greg Fenves will be leaving the 40 acres at the end of June. Fenves has been at UT for 12 years and has been the president of the university for the past five.

Fenves has also accepted a new position at Emory University in Atlanta, where he will be their president. He is expected to take his new job on August 1.

Until then, Fenves’ goal is “completing the semester and getting our community back to normal before my presidency ends.”

From an athletics standpoint, Fenves was the president who hired current athletic director Chris Del Conte. The former TCU AD has seen success throughout all Olympic sports and started to turn the football program around with Tom Herman.

Texas will be naming an interim president later this week. According to 247Sports, McCombs School of Business dean Jay Hartzell is the leading candidate to take over as president.

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