Iowa State boosters create NIL collective to help Iowa State compete

When asked last January if he would be part of a “collective” to help Iowa State retain student-athletes in this new era of name, image and of the resemblance, former football manager Dan McCarney unsurprisingly responded:

“I didn’t just happily say yes,” one of the most popular coaches in Iowa State track and field history recalled Saturday. “I said, ‘Hell yeah. “”

It’s Mac. Although he lives in Florida, he is still deeply rooted in the wonderful soil of the state of Iowa. Whether it’s at Iowa State, where he coached for 12 seasons, or at his alma mater in Iowa, damn it, he’ll do anything in his power to help.

So when Ryan Harklau, an Iowa State football star from 1996-2000 and now regional vice president of Farm Bureau Financial Services, called to ask if his former coach would be on board to help the Cyclones to be relevant in the NIL landscape, the response was as predictive as McCarney’s deep passion for college athletics and athletes.

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