Re: "Confessions of an Agent"
Yes, I was being cynical. And I agree, exposure can be a good thing even if there are some self-serving motivations (and I don't know if there are).
But how do you fix the problem short of holding the players and their families under house arrest? The agents aren't breaking any laws and aren't governed by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Now with runners doing the agent's work for them, catching this is like uncovering a drug ring, expect the runners operate at an even more tactical level. The resources required to truly counter these efforts could probably fund another 1000 scholarships.
Perhaps the best way to combat this is to create a viable, alternative path for kids to make money immediately. Create real minor league systems in the NBA and NFL (the D-league doesn't count) and give the kid the choice of entering upon high school or attending school under scholarship for at least three years. It won't prevent college freaks like Steven Strasburg from improper agent interaction, but it should make it less common. Pay the kids who want paid, and teach the kids who want an education.
What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?
All models are wrong. Some of them are useful.
Last edited by paintmered; 10-13-2010 at 10:59 PM.