Newest Clemson collective signs first two NIL deals

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The Clemson community seems to be progressively adapting to the new ways of college athletics day by day.

According to its Twitter account, Dear Old Clemson has signed its first two NIL deals with Clemson softball pitcher Mille Thompson and shortstop Alia Logoleo. The pair helped lead the Tigers to their first super regionals appearance in program history this year before they ultimately fell to Oklahoma State in two games.

Founded by two Clemson alumni, Dear Old Clemson serves as a collective aiming to do NIL “the Clemson way” while benefitting student-athletes. According to its initial press release on June 2, “The collective compensates Clemson student-athletes for attending events, promoting businesses, signing collectibles, sales of collectibles and interacting with members in person and virtually.”

Both Logoleo and Thompson had impressive postseason performances for the Tigers, with Logoleo batting 6-for-10 in the ACC Championship while Thompson pitched a five-inning no-hitter in the Clemson Regional. With the initial success of Clemson’s softball program, which has only had two full seasons, the athletes seem to be now benefiting financially off of the field.

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