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THE QUESTION

Are agents ravaging college football?

With the recent NCAA sanctions levied against Southern California and allegations of the acceptance of improper benefits swirling around a number of elite college football programs, what can the NFL and NCAA do to monitor, reduce and punish improper agent-player relations? Who bears the brunt of the blame -- the player, the agent, the leagues -- and how can the system be changed to prevent college programs from being sanctioned for the actions of individual players?

Posted by Matt Brooks on August 3, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Players can point the finger at themselves

NCAA athletes should shoulder the blame when they take improper benefits from agents.

Posted by Anthony Stalter, on August 3, 2010 1:18 PM

NFL must follow NCAA's lead, add bite to bark

There is no strict policing of agents. Agents' actions can get players and their collegiate teams in real trouble, but until the NFL and/or NFLPA takes a tip from the NCAA and elects to discipline those in their control -- the rogue agents -- the problem will continue to spiral out of control. It will take someone much more intelligent than I to come up with the legal mumbo-jumbo to get this thing fixed correctly. But, doesn't it make sense for agents to suffer similar consequences as the athletes should they be found involved in these cases?

Posted by Rob Rang, on August 3, 2010 12:14 PM

Are agents to blame?

Who is most responsible for the issues resulting from improper relations between agents and college athletes?

Posted by Reader Poll, on August 3, 2010 11:53 AM

Heads in the sand

The NCAA must step up and act to protect its players from opportunistic agents rather than simply handing down sanctions to college programs after the fact.

Posted by Dave Goldberg, on August 3, 2010 11:33 AM

The blame game

Universities must provide personnel to teams to prevent agent interaction that may result in NCAA sanctions. College players cannot be held solely accountable.

Posted by Dr. Mark Adickes, on August 3, 2010 10:50 AM

An unsustainable system

NCAA athletes earn millions of dollars for their universities, coaches and administrators but receive very little in return for their performance. That must change.

Posted by Michael Oriard, on August 3, 2010 10:30 AM

New rules for schools

Colleges and agents need to be held accountable for improper dealings with NCAA athletes, and a new system needs to be established that does not punish innocent bystanders for the actions of past players.

Posted by Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne, on August 3, 2010 10:20 AM

Slotted salaries needed

Slotted salaries at both the NFL and NCAA levels would greatly reduce the influence of agents while also giving so-called amateur athletes the compensation they deserve for their performance on the field.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on August 3, 2010 1:25 AM

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