I am not going to take much of your time, but I feel like I need to make a point on this agency business for college athletes. Let's focus on football, but it happens in basketball and other sports too.
What is going on currently in the SEC is that players have been caught taking extra benefits from sports agencies. The agencies hope, in return, to get these high profile players to sign with them if, and when they make it to the NFL. Obviously, it has become a problem and there has to be a change.
So what can be done about it?
People have suggested that college athletes should be paid. Others have thought that that college athletes should have an agent if they desire before even going to college. An interesting idea I have heard is to have some sort of "Agency Day" on university campuses, one that would be monitored by the NCAA.
If you look at the players who are getting caught, what do they all have in common?
They are all college superstars that "believe" that they are going to college because they have to before they can be eligible for the NFL draft. The four players "allegedly" caught going to Frank Gore's party in Miami are all going to be playing in the NFL as first round draft picks next year.
My suggestion is that the NCAA hires Todd McShay or Mel Kiper Jr. Sounds Crazy? listen up.
They need to find some sort of scouting director to analyze the 200 best players in each class. These players then should be monitored on weekly basis while they are enrolled at their respective campus' to make sure they are on the right track. If they get caught with a violation while they are in school with gifts from an agent, their eligibility should be pushed back three additional years and they are not able to play Division I football.
For example, if Tim Tebow got caught receiving gifts from an agent prior to his senior year, he would have been kicked off the team and not be eligible until the 2013 NFL draft. I understand that this is an NFL rule, but if would definitely send a message that a good chunk of your pro career can be taken away. Thoughts?
I would like to make my last comment on the idea of college athletes being paid. It is not a good idea for multiple reasons.
First off, agents are looking at players who have a full scholarship to play their respective sport. As a college student who has had to take out student loans, they should be thankful that they can receive the opportunity of a college education for free. They are already treated better on campus then normal students already, receiving the best areas to live as well as MAJOR leniency in the classroom.
Believe me, I have seen in right in front of me and it disgusts me. Another, yet minor point that they should not get paid is because of Title IX. This would mean that a powerhouse Division I football team would get paid the same as the women's rowing team.
No offense, but where is the money coming from?