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Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne
6Magazine co-editors

Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne

Publisher/Co-Editors of 6Magazine - a football and hip-hop culture digital magazine

New rules for schools


The NCAA continues to punish amateur athletes (see Dez Bryant) for their involvement with agents or receiving extra benefits. The NCAA should step up to the plate and hold athletes responsible for their actions that directly affect not only their current team, but in some cases, future teams at the institution as well. Also, the NCAA should cut the problem off at the neck and punish agents as well. College athletes with bright futures in the NFL are prime targets for the sleazy underworld that sports agents inhabit. Until some responsibility is required of the agents, these types of stories are going to be a regular occurrence. You have to maintain some type of accountability for the student athlete, but in all honesty if you have never had something and somebody -- anybody -- offers you a substantial amount of money, would it not be hard to take it?

Here are some solutions to the problem,

1. Suspend agents caught giving money to student athletes from their profession for two years and when they return, require them to pay any amount given to a student athlete to a fund that helps the NCAA reduce "extra benefits" problems as such.

2. NCAA sanctioned monies for prospective student athletes with NFL potential. This one is quirky but, but the NCAA could allow players who have completed their sophomore year of eligibility to receive a predetermined amount of money that does not exceed 1/8 of an insurance policy totaling no more than 2 million dollars if a player has a presumed draft status of second round or higher. This one will be tough, but it would at least regulate this issue if players can "legally" access future earnings from the NFL without losing eligibility.

3. Lastly, eliminate contact with agents after the junior year of eligibility. This is only asking for problems. The NFL does not get to evaluate athletes until the combine so why should agents get early access?

I hate to see the NCAA "throw away" young men every year because of this victimless crime. I think that agents should be persecuted at the highest levels and the reprimand of individual universities of the guilty party be minimized. For example, I really don't think that current USC players who were in junior high when Reggie Bush was suiting up for the Trojans should suffer for the acts of somebody who screwed up five years ago. The student athletes should take responsibility for their actions, but the bulk of the blame should be placed on the agents because the current consequences are steep for everyone involved except for them.

-- Claude Clayborne

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne  |  August 3, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  | Category:  College Football , NCAA , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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