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NIL News: Kentucky Football Introduces New NIL Subscription Service

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Last week, the biggest news amongst the Big Blue Nation was NIL, and specifically how Kentucky football is falling behind on that front.

In an effort to combat that, Kentucky Athletics has teamed up with Lexington-based NIL, Athlete Advantage. Together, the two announced “The 15 Club” on Monday, a fan subscription service that will help support Kentucky football student-athletes.

The 15 Club is a collective that offers fans five different subscription packages ranging from $25/month ($300 annually) up to $500/month ($6,000 annually), with 90 percent of net proceeds being paid directly to student-athletes. Each package comes with various perks and one-time donations are also accepted.

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Check out the packages below.

Commonwealth ($25/month)

  • Support of UK Student-Athletes
  • Club Membership
  • Welcome Letter
  • Access to The 15 Club Marketplace
  • The 15 Club Decal
  • The 15 Club T-Shirt
  • 1 entry into the monthly raffle for tickets, experiences, and autographs
  • 2 Tickets to a Unique Fan Experience

Bluegrass ($50/month)

  • Everything in Commonwealth Package, plus . . .
  • Premium Player Content
  • 15% Discount on all apparel in the 15 Club Marketplace
  • The 15 Club Hat
  • Limited Edition Signed Photo
  • 1 additional entry into the monthly raffle (2 total entries)
  • 2 Additional Tickets to a Unique Fan Experience (total of 4 tickets)

Thoroughbred ($100/month)

  • Everything in Bluegrass Package, plus . . .
  • Limited Edition Signed Football
  • The 15 Club¾ Zip Pullover
  • Personal Video Message from player
  • 1 additional entry into the monthly raffle (3 total entries)

Colonel ($250/month)

  • Everything in Thoroughbred Package, plus . . .
  • An Intimate VIP Event with Players
  • Additional Video Message from player
  • 1 additional entry into the monthly raffle (4 total entries)
  • Custom Jersey
  • 2 Spots in The 15 Club Golf Annual Golf Scramble

Champion ($500/month)

  • Everything in the Colonel Package, PLUS . . .
  • A VIP Dinner with Kentucky Head Football Coach and Players
  • Live Video Conference Call with student-athlete for family, friends or employees
  • 1 additional entry into the monthly raffle (5 total entries)
  • Autographed Helmet

Team Member (One-time Donation/Any Amount)

  • Thank You Letter
  • Decal
  • Access to The 15 Club Marketplace

With The 15 Club, Kentucky joins other SEC programs such as Auburn, Ole Miss South Carolina, and Tennessee among others with fan-made collectives.

If you are interested in donating or have any questions, please follow this link or email info@kentucky15.com.

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Chris Oats, Senior UK Linebacker That Suffered a Stroke, is Celebrated on Senior Day and Even Throws an L’s Down

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Chris Oats committed to the Kentucky Wildcats as a four-star linebacker in 2018. After two seasons, he had appeared in 25 games and recorded 73 total tackles, 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

Things were trending up for Oats as he was set to become a defensive leader and have a breakout season, but in May of 2020, he suffered a career-ending stroke. While the medical incident ultimately forced Oats off the field, his legacy has been carried with the team on and off the field.

On the field, one rotating Kentucky player wore his No. 22 jersey without a name on the back in honor of their teammate during the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Off the field, Oats reminds the team what “true adversity really is” says head coach Mark Stoops.

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Since his medical incident, Oats has been progressing with rehab. With the help of Big Blue Nation, $170,000 was raised last summer to help Oats and his family purchase a wheelchair-accessible van to get to and from treatment.

That treatment has helped Oats regain some movement and independence. In March of this year, Oats was able to stand up with the assistance of his family for the first time since the incident.

In September, he was able to walk his sister down the aisle, citing it as motivation for what he has worked so hard for.

The most emotional moment came on Saturday as Oats participated in Kentucky’s senior day activities, standing up and even throwing an L’s down.

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After the game, Stoops talked about the emotions of having Oats on the field and what he has meant to the program. “You have a tendency to feel down or disgruntled or — that’s real adversity. He’s facing it head-on. I’m sure there are ups and downs. I know there is. But we all can learn a little bit from that.”

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Barion Brown Puts a Stop to Transfer Rumors, Says He Is “BBN for Life”

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This season’s Kentucky team had plenty of experience but also had plenty of young talent, including some explosive offensive players. During his weekly call-in show last week, Mark Stoops talked about trying to keep this group of freshmen, calling it a “free-for-all” where schools just throw money at players.

One of those explosive freshmen is Barion Brown, and in recent weeks there was a rumor that he could be looking to transfer. Brown responded several times to fans on social media that was not considering leaving, but after Saturday’s game he wanted to end any and all doubt about his return.

When asked in the postgame press conference, Brown quickly dismissed the rumors and said that he doesn’t know where they came from, but that he will return and is “BBN for life.”

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This is positive news, as Brown has proved himself as one of the great young talents in the SEC. With the Bowl game still remaining, Brown already holds the Kentucky freshman record for receiving yards in a season (604) and most pass receptions in a season (45).

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Mark Stoops Calls NIL/Transfer Portal Era “100% Free Agency”

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In 2021, college athletics was forever changed. In the span of just a few months, the NCAA implemented the “one-time transfer rule” and rules to allow student-athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL).

With both of these, it opened up the possibility for players to transfer to schools strictly based on potential marketing/brand deals, with Stoops calling it “100% free agency” on his weekly call-in show.

Now, a year and a half later, college sports have already seen several cases of this play out. This includes a billionaire alum of the University of Miami, John Ruiz, using his wealth and company, LifeWallet, to buy as much talent as he can afford.

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While it may not seem fair, it is the new reality and it is starting to take effect on the Kentucky football program. In his weekly call-in show on Monday, Mark Stoops opened up about it.

“With the name, image, and likeness, man, it is just a different world. It is absolutely insane what’s going on. Transfers. Your own team. You know how many people are going after our young players? We have as good of freshmen as I’ve ever had. And it’s like a free-for-all.”

The freshman Stoops is referring to?

Deone Walker, who has been a bright spot on the defensive line and is a semifinalist for the Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award. Two freshmen receivers, Dane Key and Barion Brown, now hold all of UK’s freshman receiving records. Not to mention, Alex Afari and Keaten Wade, who have made big plays in key moments this season.

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Recruiting that caliber of player is relatively new to Kentucky football, but now they have to find out how to retain them with schools “just throwing money” at them, as Stoops said.

“They’re just throwing money, you know what I mean? I don’t know, I don’t understand. It doesn’t seem healthy, I’m not sure it’s sustainable, but it’s legal, and once again I’m sorry. I hate to ask but we need the support. We need it desperately. It’s total free agency.”

In his Monday morning press conference, Stoops even suggested that he would donate back to the players if he was allowed. “I wish I could take some of that contract I just got and give it to my players and give it to the collectives… I promise you, I’d donate back to the players.”

At this point, the precedent has been set and it is up to the programs to adjust.

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