That is why I prefaced my comment with "On the surface". The average Joe doesn't realize this is not a university hire. I know alumni that have received numerous calls surprised that RV is involved. Just passing along what I have heard and how people are perceiving this.
Reading between the lines it sounds like Aune is going to get the start vs UTEP, but is going to have a very tight leash due to Gunnell's encouraging play in camp. If the UTEP game wasn't so massive I wonder if Gunnell would be QB1. I'm sure Littrell is hesitant to hand the reigns over to a brand new QB for a game that very well could decide his fate as our head coach.
If SMU wants to dominate NIL spending they should focus on lacrosse or polo.
They have no hope of outspending the big P5s in the long run or even short run. Headlines they get from NIL spending are like Dave Parker becoming the first athlete to make $1 million a year. That was a shocking milestone for around 10 minutes.