As the UCF Knights prepare for war on the I-4 with the USF Bulls, one of the teams they may be fighting with is the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers for a possible New Year’s Six Bowl.
There are certain rules by which modern college football’s bowl structure lives, including ensuring that the top-ranked group of five team that wins its conference championship advances to a New Year’s Six Bowl.
UCF is #22 in the latest College Football Playoff poll and Coastal Carolina is unranked. Ironically, the Associated Press Poll has the Chanticleers in 23rd place and the Knights in 25th place. Luckily for UCF, this poll isn’t part of finding out which teams are making certain bowl games.
One of the reasons 10-1 Coastal Carolina is even eligible for a Major Bowl would be its quarterback Grayson McCall. He is a unique player who helps place Coastal Carolina on the map. He has 2,314 yards in passing, completes 68.9% of his passes, and has a 21:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
No wonder Coastal Carolina is playing so well. Before he gets a chance to play in the National Football League, he turns this situation into a successful business while he’s still in college.
Inside The Knights works with several college students who help write articles about top-notch players and programs related to college football. Here’s a closer look at McCall and his success off the field via guest author Ben Troob:
McCall embodies the qualities that all good brands and companies aspire to. He is loyal, passionate, dedicated and hardworking. McCall has a positive attitude and an upbeat disposition which helps him perform at a high level. He’s also a favorite of his hometown and an all-around nice person.
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The confluence of a personality like McCall’s and the emergence of the “Name, Image, and Likeness” deal in college sports is a dream come true for both the organizations that sponsor him and for McCall himself. His honesty and doer attitude are endearing. After McCall tweeted that “I piss teal” are the Chanticleers’ colors, the floodgates opened for NIL deals.
First, Native Sons, a Myrtle Beach printer, makes a deal with McCall and his line to slap it on t-shirts and sweatshirts. Then came Nascar’s oldest superspeedway, Darlington Raceway, after McCall. So does the new clothing line by Tom Brady.
McCall even signs deals with a legal group, Morgan & Morgan. This all happens because excellent performance paired with excellent character is a home game for brands and organizations. The signal caller embodies both. McCall is who he is, and he’s proud to be a native North Carolina native and student-athlete from Coastal Carolina.
McCall’s purity won’t last forever, and while it lasts, sponsors will look to capture that flash in a bottle. Luckily for McCall, and due to NIL rules in the NCAA, he can sell this flash while it’s shining bright.
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