USC Football: New California Law Protects Athletes from Agents

Paul PeszkoSenior Writer IAugust 6, 2011

PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 04:  Chris Galippo (R) #54 of the USC Trojans tackles Malcolm Jones #28 of the UCLA Bruins during the second half at the Rose Bowl on December 4, 2010 in Pasadena, California. USC defeated UCLA 28-14.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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It was unanimous!  The California Senate voted 37-0 and the Assembly 76-0 to pass Senate Bill (SB) 238.  Great to see Republicans and Democrats can agree on something.  Now, if they can only do that in Washington, the nation could get back on track.

SB 238 adds some sting to the Miller-Ayala Athlete Agents Act.  The bill, sponsored by State Senator Kevin de Leon, requires the courts to suspend or revoke the business privileges of an athlete agent convicted of violating the Miller-Ayala Act.

Even more important, the bill also requires athlete agents to disgorge all gross revenues received in connection with the violation. This bill also applies to “runners” who are often friends, family members, marketers and real estate/financial advisors.

USC participated in the public hearings on this new legislation, advocating stronger penalties for violators.  David M. Roberts, Vice President of Compliance at USC, said he was pleased with the signing of SB 238 into law and felt the suspension of privileges and the disgorgement should add teeth to the current law.

California is home to more athlete agents than all the other states combined.  The bill’s author, Senator Kevin de León, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Sports and Entertainment, said “I am thrilled California is now one step closer to preventing student athlete victimization with the passage of this legislation.”


Unfortunately, the bill comes a few years too late for Trojan Football, which is on probation for the next three years.  However, it should go a long way in protecting all USC athletes in the future. It takes effect this January.

A Few Notes From Fall Camp: The Trojans have put in two three-hour long practices, one yesterday evening and one tonight.  So far, the standout at both practices has been true freshman running back Amir Carlisle, who decommitted from Stanford in favor of USC.

Redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan has also impressed coaches.  The shortest player on the roster, running back Curtis McNeal, thinks he is academically eligible. “I'm fine. I'm not worried about it anymore. I'm ready to go," says McNeal.  We shall see.

Also, good news: defensive lineman Armand Armstead reported that he does not have a heart condition and expects to be ready for the opening game.

Suspended running back Marc Tyler has been working out but needs to show that he want to do things the Trojan way.  Head Coach Lane Kiffin said Tyler is able to work out on his own separate from the team, and the coaches are monitoring his progress.

Kiffin praised strength and conditioning coach Aaron Ausmus for the excellent job he has done this year in getting the squad ready for fall camp.