The iconic slogan “Grambling, where everybody is somebody,” is apparently about to ring especially true for student-athletes there.
Pete Thamel of ESPN reported Monday that Grambling State is preparing to announce a sweeping Name, Image and Likeness deal for all of its student-athletes on athletic scholarship. His tweet said “every” Grambling athlete will receive annual income for their NIL in a deal that is the first of its kind in collegiate sports.
A Grambling official confirmed a release is being developed. Thamel reported two companies are involved, Urban Edge Network and Athylt. No amount of income was mentioned in any media report Monday.
BASKETBALL: A strong shooting night from junior guard Cameron Christon led the Grambling Tigers to an 80-73 Southwestern Athletic Conference basketball win, their fifth in a row, Monday night in Lorman, Miss., against Alcorn State.
It completed a sweep for the visiting teams as the Lady Tigers steamrolled the Lady Braves, 65-41.
Christon hit 5 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc on his way to a season-high 25 points. Shawndarius Cowart added 15 points and snagged 7 rebounds for the G-Men (9-12, 6-2).
Tra’Michael Moton scored 14 while Eric Parrish collected 10 missed shots in the triumph. Alcorn (7-14 6-3) had a 47-point second half but only outscored the visitors by three at the Davey Whitney Complex.
In the opener, the Lady Tigers (8-12, 5-4) held the struggling Lady Braves (2-14, 1-8) to just 22 points in the first three quarters and won for the fourth time in five tries. Trasity Totten scored 19 points and Justice Coleman added 14 for Grambling.