College Corner: Bruin Local Exchange, TSU Football, SEC Nation

Belmont Expands Partnership With INFLCR, Launches Bruin Local Exchange

Belmont, in partnership with INFLICR, has launched the Bruin Local Exchange–a platform where local and national businesses can connect and communicate with Belmont student-athletes to build and fulfill Name, Image, & Likeness (NIL) agreements.

“Expanding our partnership with INFLCR reinforces our commitment to Belmont student-athletes within the NIL landscape,” says Belmont University Vice President/Director of Athletics Scott Corley. “INFLCR’s industry-leading technology will benefit our student-athletes while elevating our branding and storytelling efforts as a University.”

INFLCR offers athletic departments a place to send those interested in starting an NIL conversation with student-athletes and allows businesses to access a school-specific directory to filter and contact specific student-athletes by team, sport, and customized options. For student-athletes, all NIL business conversations can live in their INFLCR account with automated payments and streamlined reporting for tax purposes. Belmont student-athletes will also be able to take advantage of INFLCR’s VIP partnerships with companies such as Meta, TikTok, WWE, Campus, DigiSign, Subtext, Mike Slive Foundation and more as part of the INFLCR Global Exchange.

Inside the platform, companies can automate their reporting of transactions with student-athletes, and utilize INFLCR’s tools to identify, communicate, and transact with student-athletes who have opted in to be contacted for educational and NIL transaction opportunities.

Belmont and INFLCR are also broadening their partnership to include the INFLCR Verified product line for all 17 Belmont NCAA Division I athletic teams. Belmont activated INFLCR for men’s and women’s basketball in 2021-22.



Three TSU Players Named To Black College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List

Tennessee State University’s Draylen Ellis, Devon Starling, and James Green have been selected to the Black College Football Player of the Year Award. The Award is presented annually by The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University.

Entering his first season at TSU after transferring from Austin Peay, quarterback Ellis was ranked among the FCS leaders and led the OVC in passing touchdowns (19), passing yards (2,625), yards per completion (13.7), and total offense (268.5 ypg). He became only the third Governors quarterback to record 2,500-plus passing yards in a season, and set program records for passing yards per game (262.5) and total offense per game (268.5).

Starling followed his OVC Co-Freshman of the Year honors by earning second-team All-OVC honors.  He was injured in the next-to-last game of the year, which limited him to 15 carries and 39 yards over the final two games, but still finished the year ranked 45th nationally with 800 total rushing yards and three touchdowns. Starling also caught 37 passes (for 312 yards) which was the most on the team, fifth most among all players in the OVC, and tied for 1st among all running backs. Against OVC champion UT Martin, he rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown and caught 12 passes for 117 yards; the 12 receptions was the most of any FCS running back in a game this season.

Green led the TSU defense with 77 total tackles (41 solo and 36 assists). He also had one sack, one interception (at Eastern Illinois), and one forced fumble/fumble recovery at Mississippi State. For his efforts at Eastern Illinois, Green was named the OVC Co-Defensive Player of the Week. His INT against the Panthers moved TSU to the two-yard line—a return of 47 yards—which set up the first score of the contest.



SEC Network’s ‘SEC Nation’ To Visit Vanderbilt 

SEC Network’s SEC Nation presented by Johnsonville will broadcast from the Vanderbilt campus on Sept. 10 in advance of the football team’s home game against Wake Forest.

SEC Nation, which airs weekly on SEC Network before the start of the day’s college football action, is hosted by Laura Rutledge and includes Paul Finebaum, Tim Tebow, Roman Harper and former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers.

In addition to SEC Nation presented by Johnsonville, other popular shows Marty & McGee presented by Old Trapper and The Paul Finebaum Show presented by Johnsonville will also originate from campus that weekend. All three shows will be broadcasting live from The Commons in the heart of Vanderbilt’s campus.

This is the show’s first return to Nashville since the start of the 2019 season, when it was on campus for the Vanderbilt-Georgia game.

Weekend Schedule:

  • Friday, Sept. 9
    • The Paul Finebaum Show presented by Johnsonville, 2–6 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, Sept. 10
    • Marty & McGee presented by Old Trapper, 8–9 a.m. CT
    • SEC Nation presented by Johnsonville, 9–11 a.m. CT
  • Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest kickoff, 11 a.m. CT (SEC Network)
Steven Boero