Texas A&M cross country runner leaving school to grow his business

Published: Nov. 6, 2017 at 10:36 PM CST
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Texas A&M cross country runner Ryan Trahan made headlines in September when the NCAA ruled him ineligible for running a YouTube channel promoting a business he owns and being a Division I athlete.

In high school, Trahan and a friend of his created Neptune water bottles.

"We really just wanted to try something," said Trahan.

To help promote the business the freshman created a YouTube channel.

"I wanted to promote myself and also promote my company, which was the main reason we started wanted to sell more bottles and reach a broader audience," said Trahan.

Back in September, the NCAA took issue with Trahan's YouTube page because it was promoting his company while also documenting his athletic career at A&M. He was forced to separate his identities.

"It seems like I was being punished for doing good things. Things I think colleges encourage you know being an entrepreneur trying to be a good athlete and student at the same time," said Trahan.

In the end a compromise was made, Trahan could keep his business but he had to create separate YouTube accounts.

Now, Trahan says he wants his sole focus to be on his business. On Sunday he announced he would be leaving the school.

"I don't think it has anything to do with Texas A&M as a college. It's mainly the amount of time. I felt like I was restricted in what I really wanted to do and what I was really excited to do when I woke up in the morning," said Trahan.

Trahan says the A&M Cross Country team was supportive through the whole process.

For his business, he hopes to increase profits to $500,000 in 2018 and gain one million followers on YouTube.

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