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Illini Guardians In The News
NIL IMPACT LAUNCH – OPEN LETTER FROM JOSH WHITMAN, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

NIL, THE NCAA, AND THE NEW REALITY OF COLLEGE ATHLETICS

“Ultimately, we need to make sure we maintain certain core principles: integrity, competitive fairness, education,” Whitman said. “Those are all things that have to be central to what we do. But we have to get to a more progressive place, and we have to get to a place of stability and legal high ground where we can feel confident in our future. I’m hopeful that as a group of schools, we will do that in the months and years ahead.”
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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED EXAMINES NIL AT YEAR 1, INCLUDING ILLINI GUARDIANS PERSPECTIVE

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED EXAMINES NIL AT YEAR 1, INCLUDING ILLINI GUARDIANS PERSPECTIVE

“What is it that you want your university experience to be and what is it that you want collegiate amateurism to be?” asked Adam Fleischer a founder of the University of Illinois collective, the Illini Guardians. “If you believe that it’s simply a vehicle for a stepping stone for the pros, then you’re going to see NIL and the NIL world as a much more commercial endeavor. But if you look at it and say that kids come to the university to learn to get an education, to be a part of a community and to figure out how to interact with the world around them, then NIL has a very different feel to it. It’s much more of a teaching mechanism and a community opportunity that is interwoven with commercial benefit.”
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‘WE WANT TO REALLY LEAN INTO NIL’: ILLINI PROACTIVE, PROGRESSIVE IN EMBRACE OF APPROACH TO YEAR ONE NIL

‘WE WANT TO REALLY LEAN INTO NIL’: ILLINI PROACTIVE, PROGRESSIVE IN EMBRACE OF APPROACH TO YEAR ONE NIL

“While you saw instances where there were two or three well-heeled donors funding some massive NIL program– for Illini Guardians we saw and continue to see the groundswell of your everyday people who have been sitting on the sidelines and in the woodwork for decades wanting to come forward and help with what we’re creating. This is it. It is amazing to see and kind of humbling.”
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