Author: J- Allen

@AjayxeMem Sports fanatic from Memphis. Memphis Tigers Football, and also on American Athletic Conference beat. Insanely curious about NIL and its effect on amateur sports. Follow me on https://twitter.com/AjayxeMem to get notifications on new posts, or to comment.

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The Memphis Tigers traveled to visit SMU, having won 7 of the last 8 against SMU.  Tanner Mordecai is one of the top 10 QBs in the country in passing yards for SMU.  He was injured early in the game, but returned the second half. SMU vs Memphis Studs/Duds Studs: The Memphis start.  The Memphis Tigers were varied in their rushing offense early.  They handed off to Asa Martin  early and often.  Martin’s year has been underrated but mainly due to being a secondary rusher and receiver.  But Martin finished  the season with over 300 yards rushing, and over 300…

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SMU vs Memphis overall The Duel: Who wants it more.   First thing about the SMU vs Memphis preview: both coaches are fairly secure.  Both teams made their goal of being bowl-eligible. The final game of the regular season for both teams is at SMU.  SMU has lost only 2 home games.  Those were to #4 ranked TCU and also to #21 ranked Cincinnati. SMU vs Memphis Preview Memphis Defense vs Tanner Mordecai, SMU quarterback: SMU has the edge. buoyed by star Tanner Mordecai. BREAKING: #SMU QB Tanner Mordecai will walk on Senior Day with intentions to enter the NFL Draft,…

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Best of NIL this year A Thanksgiving tradition: the annual J-Academy NIL awards.  I’ve looked at daily summations of NIL deals since July so you don’t have to (you’re welcome, Jon Lovitz voice).  The hours watching bland ads, wooden performances, and miscast parts…. but these are the BEST. Best newcomer in a Comedy Performance. In a bold move, Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson did not show up until the second reel (about 12 in).  Despite a linebacker’s signature glare, KJ Jefferson is a QB but fired the football like one tough QB.  I’d say the best pro comp would be Terence…

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North Alabama  Memphis North Alabama brought in a 1-9 record and did not improve it.  Memphis Tigers on Senior Day; dominated in a 59-0 win.  They were dialed in on passing all day and showed their talent advantage in every phase.  Not only did the Memphis Tigers pitch a shutout; they kept the North Alabama Lions out of their territory all day.  Memphis gets to 6-Wins, an incredible 9th straight year of being bowl-eligible.  (Technically didn’t play in the Hawaii Bowl last year, it was a last-minute cancellation from Covid tests from the opponent.) North Alabama  Memphis Studs and Duds…

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Everyone in college football is talking about Name Image Likeness (NIL) and it’s effect on college sports, especially NCAA football. So is the NIL top-10 a determination of AP-top-10? Some articles herald it as a necessary growth part of NCAA football,  and other articles claim it is a possible pitfall.  But does college football NIL-top-10 compare to the on-the-field results, the AP-top-10? Post-Week 11 College Football Playoff rankings 1. Georgia (10-0)         2. Ohio State (10-0) 3. Michigan (10-0)      4. TCU (10-0) 5. Tennessee (9-1)      6. LSU (8-2) 7. USC (9-1)         …

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Big game: North Alabama vs Memphis. Memphis needs this win to get to six wins and be bowl-eligible.  This opponent has been penciled in as a win for a month or two.  For Memphis that doesn’t always work out.  However, Memphis is two last-play losses from being 7-3, but they are only 5-5.  Let’s see in this North Alabama vs Memphis Preview why it’s a good shot…. or not. North Alabama vs Memphis Preview North Alabama Offense: Not the problem.  Though the team has not won since September 10, it’s not the offense.  The Last win was a 49-17 win…

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Memphis Showboats The Memphis Showboats announcement was made, that they will be joining the USFL for the 2023 season. The Memphis Showboats will be playing at Simmons Bank Liberty stadium.  The reveal was made at a press conference held by the Mayor and attended by ex Fed Ex Chairman and founder Fred Smith. Memphis Showboats With the Memphis Showboats announcement, the specifics are starting to be revealed. “The USFL and Jim Strickland announced that the Memphis Showboats will be returning for the 2023 season.  Their first game at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium will be April 16, 2023.  (h/t News 24…

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NIL Deals Gone Wrong When a sponsor signs an NIL deal, what are they paying for? Are you paying for the athlete showing up?  Are you fully “paid up” as a sponsor if the athlete gets there, goes through training camp, and quits then?  What about first week?  Halfway through the season? NIL Deals Gone Wrong (Some Legal Paper to clear your palate) No, seriously, an excellent study by St.Louis University Law student Brian Ahle.  The subject is the “retirement” from college football by LSU quarterback Miles Brenner, who took over from (now) Cincinatti Bengal QB Joe Burrow in 2019. …

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Tulsa vs Memphis 4 Studs and Duds Tulsa vs Memphis 4 Studs and Duds: starting with a Stud.  Jaylon Allen (and the entire D, to be honest) returned to be the dominant force he has been early in the year.  All year he has been a force, in the top 3 in tackles most games.  But this game he put punishment on the quarterback many times. The Tiger Defense held Tulsa without a touchdown until very late in the game. Only Keylon Stokes grabbed a touchdown, but the rest of the Tulsa offense was ineffective.   But Jaylon Allen, along with …

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7 Weird NIL deals This month’s focus on NIL deals is on group NIL deals.  Some of the groups are specific causes, some of the groups are for whole teams. Some of the deals are so funny it kills… others are so serious trying to prevent deaths.  Here’s that list. 7.  Our first weird NIL deal is with Blood Sugar.  More specifically, a company that sponsors athletes with blood sugar issues.  Dexcom  U is a group sponsorship of 14 athletes who use that product to control their blood sugar.  Type 2 diabetes and other diseases can cause blood sugar imbalances,…

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