SDSU, USD Athletic Directors Discuss NIL, Conference Realignment

(Sioux Falls, SD) — South Dakota State and University of South Dakota athletic directors are discussing the changing landscape in college athletics ahead of the school year. The two schools’ ADs took part in a panel discussion on Monday led by the Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary that touched on a variety of topics including fall football, conference realignment and their approach to helping student-athletes earn money using their name, image and likeness. Between the two ADs, they could only recall one instance when NIL may have caused them to lose a player to the transfer portal due to lacking the finances Power Five schools have, but poaching is always a concern. Either AD doesn’t take the decision to move conferences lightly, but USD AD Corey Jenkins said each institution has to evaluate what’s best for them and there are a variety of factors they weigh including geography, the media rights deals and competitive balance.

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