Florida State’s NIL efforts just got a huge boost from one the school’s most recognizable faces.
In a recent tweet posted by The Battle’s End, the official collective of FSU athletics, head football coach Mike Norvell endorsed the collective by saying “if you want to help support our student-athletes, please join Battle’s End.”
We officially started this project 79 days ago asking only that you watch us work and judge our efforts in time. Tomorrow we will launch our website and opportunities for public involvement. The Battle’s End thanks @Coach_Norvell for his support and hope that we have yours. pic.twitter.com/WCaaJyHXAI— The Battle's End (@TheBattlesEnd) February 22, 2023
Earlier this week, The Battle’s End CEO Ingram Smith announced on The 247 Sports’ FSU podcast “On the Bench“, that the organization was opening up to fan contributions.
“We will have the opportunity for public involvement [in The Battle’s End] and we’re really excited about it, this is what we want to be a reflection of the fan base,” Smith said. “We want everyone involved. This was never going to be a secret society or country club, we want everybody, if you can give us five dollars, get involved. We value involvement exceptionally and if we can get five dollars from every person who went to a game that would mean more to the people that are behind this, from a financial perspective, than a one off individual giving us $1.5 million.”
The collective went live in December 2022 and has already made a statement signing returning players such as quarterback Jordan Travis and All-ACC defenseman Jared Verse.
“We take this very seriously and want to be a solid representation of the fanbase,” Smith said. “We want this to be about providing opportunities to the [athletes]. We want to do everything we can to serve the sports we are working with at Florida State.”
Over the last few months, with the NCAA clarifying its NIL policy in October, many coaches and athletic directors have called for support of their school’s collectives. This was Norvell’s first public statement supporting The Battle’s End.
As the need for support toward collectives continues, so does the added need for backing from major individuals on campus. Norvell’s approval of the collective marked a huge step forward for the less than six-month-old collective.