NCAA and agents

My column today, and first in quite some time, hit on the recent investigations involving sports agents and alleged contact with college football players. This isn’t a new problem by any means, but it has certainly been in the news a lot lately.

What can be done about it in terms of the agents breaking the rules? I offered some ideas, perhaps far-fetched, but hopefully it will make for some discussion and make you think. If I had the answer to this, I probably wouldn’t be doing this right now. Let me know what you think after reading the column below.

http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2010/07/22/sports/19sports_07-22-10.txt

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The Wyoming women’s volleyball team will play two games on the mtn. this fall, both on the road. UW will play at UNLV at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and at TCU at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11

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Here are some other interesting stories from around the MWC I found this morning. Check out the tomfoolery with the CU-CSU football game.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700050012/BYU-basketball-Jimmer-Fredette-is-a-more-crafty-player-at-the-USA-team-camp.html

http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2010/07/21/csu-students-hack-computer-system-for-cu-tix/11266/

http://gazetteafasports.freedomblogging.com/

  • Richard

    Robert, Good article on the NCAA and player agents. The only way they can fix the problem is to allow for the schools to provide some compensation for these kids and registration of the agents by giving them access between Junior and Senior Year of school. Player compensation would reduce the need for some of these kids to be tempted. Right now these kids are treated like the indentured servants of the 18th century. We have to remember that some of these kids, particularly those players who come from the inner cities – come from nothing. Some kids can’t even afford a coat. A stypend of $200 per month per scholarship player for football and basketball and maybe $100 per month for the non-revenue sports would go a long way. It would help for some of these kids to pay to go home for the holidays,etc. The schools make a tremendous amount of money off the backs of these kids. If the schools can’t afford to pay the stypend, then consider fewer scholarships or grade scholarships – so many with full scholarships and full stypends, so many with full scholarships and 1/2 stypends, etc. Enjoy your blog and glad that your back.

    • rgagliardi

      Hi Richard,

      A stypend could be the way to go. But when an agent throws out $100,000 at a kid, I’m not sure what good $200 would do, or whatever the amount. But its a good point and certainly not a bad idea. The one thing that concerns me about a stypend is regulating that. Of course, the NCAA could limit it to say $200. But what is to say a school couldn’t offer $300 or $400. Then it becomes a bidding war. Then again, what is going on right now isn’t exactly up and up and right, either.

      Thanks again for your continued interest in the blog. Take care and have a great weekend.

      RG