Have you ever written anything that would tell us where agents could play a positive role with players who have not yet decided to go to the NFL? Is it just as simple as getting more info to players who are considering going early?
In the wake of the Yahoo! Sports investigation alleging improper benefits were provided to football players at Alabama, Mississippi State and Tennessee, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive says the NCAA needs to change its rules governing agents.
“I feel like the current NCAA rules and regulations are part of the problem, they’re not part of the solution. What we had hoped for was for a total rethink of the rules and regulations as they relate to agents. A task force was formed and began to do some work and then for reasons I’m not clear on, the conversations ended.”
Slive tells the AP he’d like the NCAA to give leagues like the SEC – which had 63 prospects taken in this year’s NFL draft – the authority to create their own rules.
“We need to create rules that allow our student-athletes to deal with agents in sunshine, not deal with runners that are going down back alleys. We need to provide a different way to deal with agents, so we’ve been disappointed that this hasn’t taken place.”
Tennesssee has made defensive lineman Maurice Couch ineligible after a Yahoo! report claimed that former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis was acting as a middleman between players and NFL agents and financial advisors. The other four players mentioned in the story- Alabama’s D.J. Fluker, Mississippi State’s Chad Bumphis and Fletcher Cox, and Tennessee’s Tyler Bray – left for NFL careers. All but Bumphis, who was cut by Miami, are currently in the league.