Buckley: Silverfield doesn’t sweat hours spent pursuing NIL dollars

By , Daily Memphian Updated: July 03, 2024 4:00 AM CT | Published: July 03, 2024 4:00 AM CT
Tim Buckley
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Tim Buckley

Tim is a veteran sportswriter who graduated from CBHS in Memphis and the University of Missouri. He previously covered LSU sports in Baton Rouge, and the University of Louisiana football and basketball for The Daily Advertiser/USA TODAY Network in Lafayette, the NBA’s Utah Jazz for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, and West Texas State basketball for the Amarillo Globe News in Texas.

As if Ryan Silverfield didn’t already have enough on his plate, the advent of NIL brought another.

When the NCAA began permitting student-athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness three years ago, Silverfield added ‘NIL fundraiser’ to his long list of responsibilities as head coach of the Memphis Tigers football team.

A willingness to embrace the challenge of finding fans and businesses willing to donate major money so his players can get paid is something Silverfield decided to shoulder mostly alone, without asking his assistant coaches, analysts and graduate assistants to assume yet another task.

“Inevitably as a head coach you’ve got to wear a lot of hats, so I can’t shy away from it,” he said. “Because if we’re not doing what we need to in NIL, we can quickly slip far away from where we need to be.”


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