College Football: What Is The Aftermath of College Athletes Being Paid?
With the recent admission from former Sports Agent Josh Luchs that he paid up to 30 prominent college athletes at the time, I pose a simple question. What does this mean for the landscape of College Football today with agent issues still in the forefront of many team's and player's minds?
Luchs said he paid Ryan Leaf, former Number One Draft Pick for the San Diego Chargers, $10,000, but Luchs also noted that Leaf paid him back in full.
Now I'll flash forward to present day where North Carolina and Alabama have suffered from the same situation as Marvin Austin and a few other players as well as Marcel Dareus have faced speculation stating they received payments from Sports Agents hoping to have the athletes sign with themselves. Dareus faced a two game suspension from Nick Saban for the issue.
If so that's because it is, the day we are at in College Football is eerily similar to the one that we were in 10 years ago, except now it's only increasing.
With the prominence of Social Networking in Twitter, Facebook, Texting, the world has become connected like never before.
Is this good?
In some ways I say yes, the world that is connected functions better and is seen in the most prominent College Sport.
If a person checks their Facebook on a Saturday evening, odds are a majority of the status posts are College Football related in some way shape or form.
So how does this apply to Athletes being paid?
In fact it's quite simple, with Athlete's able to communicate in many more ways and even more discreetly in the days we preside in, Sports Agents now are able to run-rampid with their ability to offer Athletes money, items, and anything their 21-year old heart desires.
The sad part of this entire subject is that everyone knows this still takes place today, and we still can't stop it.
While the NCAA is spot on with a lot of recruiting scandals (i.e. Bruce Pearl... sigh.), they can't nab every single topic and that allows a few athletes to slip through the cracks.
Luchs stated, "I feel like Mother Theresa to these guys. They are college students and they see their friends out with money from jobs and they are stuck not even able to buy milk or bread."
That's a pretty burning statement. I mean honestly it's true, but when you put it into perspective it brings upon a pity for the college athlete.
Now I don't want to justify athletes being paid by any means, I think the current system in place by the NCAA is in no way a help to the athletes. In fact all it does it hinder them, and that's not how it should remain.
For example, in College Baseball, the NCAA allows 'Advisors' to help players and better entretch themselves as players.
In laymens terms, these guys are Agents helping these guys get to their max potential.
Granite this is because frankly the NCAA makes truly nothing from Baseball, but the idea of having stability and help in an athletes life would help.
Is the admission of by Luchs bad?
Yes, it's obviously not good for the sport for the fact that an agent was at one time paying over 30 athletes.
However, I think his admission should raise the awareness of the NCAA to put aside the 'wrist slap' mentality and truly sit down and work this problem out and find a solution what that is remains to be seen.
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