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DDN: NIL changing college sports, but Wright State has plans to stay competitive


Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State athletic director Bob Grant was feeling upbeat after the Raiders notched their first NCAA tourney win at the First Four in Dayton last March and then gave No. 1 seed Arizona a challenge before losing by 17 in San Diego.

All five starters were returning, and the future looked radiant. Or so he thought.

Stars Tanner Holden and Grant Basile transferred to Power 5 schools — presumably for increased exposure and greater access to Name, Image and Likeness dollars — which put coach Scott Nagy and his staff in scramble mode.

They picked up a couple of transfers, but they couldn’t recover from those losses, finishing a ho-hum 18-15 this season.

“We leave San Diego last year, and we think, ‘Holy cow, we’ve got a loaded team coming back that could maybe do some damage in the (NCAA) tournament even,’” Grant said. “The next thing you know, through nobody’s fault, we don’t have that anymore.

“Grant leaves and Tanner leaves — and I genuinely love both of them. I don’t blame them one bit. But that was not possible before these huge changes in our business.”