NO EXCUSE FOR COLLEGE ATHLETES ACCEPTING CASH
By mark rogers
July 26, 2010
It started with the Reggie Bush case and has steamrolled from there. UNC, South Carolina, Florida, and other schools have been investigated (or are being investigated) for this violation.
The athletes are many times made out to be these poor, unsuspecting victims who come from poor backgrounds and don't know what they're doing is wrong and all the blame should be on the agents. That's hogwash.
Any college athlete that is offered cash from an agent is someone with the potential of earning millions in the NFL, which means they're a freakishly gifted athlete which means they're surrounded by other freakishly gifted athletes, and they ALL know the drill.
I don't know the answer, but there should be a governance policy shared by the NCAA, NFL and whatever the "board of sports agency" or governing body of sports agents is to eradicate this from happening.
I'll tell you what's NOT helping is a potential deal that could guarantee Sam Bradford 50 million bones. If you're an agent, why in the world WOULDN'T you try and get a commitment from that kid before he signs.
You know what one percent of 50 mil is? 500 G's. Good gracious alive...that's ridiculous and wrong.
Rookies should have a scale like they do in the NBA which puts some sort of levers on these ridiculous guarantees which fuel the sort of violations and investigations that the NCAA is wasting precious resources on right now.
These violations shouldn't be blamed on any one factor. They should be blamed on young, wide-eyed athletes; not quite as young, wide-eyed agents; and the NFL collective bargaining agreement as it pertains to rookie contracts and agreements.
To the college athlete? You know what you're doing...why don't you wait like five seconds to get your money because if you're good enough to be offered cash by an agent (a substantial amount anyway) you're going to get paid so just be patient.
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