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How WSU luminaries came together for Cameron Ward NIL deal


NEWLY COMMITTED Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward will be highly visible in Coug Nation in the coming months but not just because of his work on the football field. Via the independent business networking organization CougsFirst!, which encourages Cougs to do business with fellow Cougs, Ward once enrolled will be doing promotional work for the likes of Valley Buick GMC in Auburn, Coug Housing property management and CougsFirst! itself -- as well as commentary for, among other endeavors.

It's all allowed under the NCAA’s NIL (name/image/likeness) rules in which college athletes can

be paid for endorsements and more.

"Paul Sorenson called and said, one, FCS or FBS, Cameron Ward is the real deal. And two, he knows on good authority that NIL considerations are a very real part of his recruitment at some other schools" - Jack Thompson

The NIL package for Ward, who starred at FCS Incarnate Word the last two seasons, was crafted in a whirlwind of collaboration late last week and over the weekend among dozens of WSU alums, including an array of one-time Cougar football players. Read full article at, click here.

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