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USC (finally) bans agents and financial advisors from practice

The USC athletic department released new guidelines for admittance to USC football practice, limiting guests to a select group of people only allowed to attend practice if they submit requests 24 hours in advance.


Then, in a move so incredibly obvious it begs the question why they didn’t have this rule in place before today, they announced the following restrictions:

“Among those not permitted access to practice are agents (such as athlete agents, marketing agents or financial advisors to athletes) or their employees, representatives or affiliates.”

Bravo, Mike Garrett. It only took you until your football program had one of the longest, most contentious, and possibly damaging hearings in NCAA history before you rolled out a rule that should’ve been instituted long ago. Why would agents — athletic, marketing, or any kind — be allowed to wander the sidelines of college football practices that in the past allowed visitors to have direct contact with amateur student athletes?

Pete Carroll’s open door practice policy was certainly one of the more unique ones in college football. But the fact that it took until now to put in writing some of the more common sense rules that protect student athletes and the football program shows that either the athletic department was asleep at the wheel, or simply had their head in the sand.

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8 Responses to “USC (finally) bans agents and financial advisors from practice”
  1. WingT says: Mar 30, 2010 9:41 PM

    sounds like the NCAA Infractions folks may have an influence here, lol….hard to believe that USC allowed AGENTS at practice and other access points to the athelete….how can this previous policy not be “lack of institutional control” ?

  2. qualityshows says: Mar 31, 2010 12:16 AM

    The USC program is trying to close the barn door but it’s too late. If anyone thinks there is a grey area in the Reggie Bush situation and sanctions should be mild or none, they are deluded. There has never been a more open and shut case of “lack of institutional control” and sanctions should be major. It’s black and white. I have the documents to prove it. This is a must read:

  3. plfalzar says: Mar 31, 2010 3:26 PM

    Yikes. U$C is really stupid. No wonder UCLA students mock their rivals so much.

  4. Cornerdenizen says: Mar 31, 2010 4:09 PM

    Agents at practice? Players getting paid? You mean there are rules to this? Really? There are rules in big time college football– where college presidents look the other way when players rape and pillage because the only thing that matters is that multimillion dollar payday afforded the university?
    No way!
    But yeah, this is a good rule. Keep the agents way from the field because an agent can’ know, CALL a player on his cell phone or anything.

  5. Jeff says: Apr 1, 2010 8:30 AM

    Way to use CFT to pimp your own website.

  6. Bious says: Apr 1, 2010 7:33 PM

    It is obvious that Kiffin knows that something big is coming down
    He wouldnt be making these changes if he thought otherwise

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  8. Best horse-out-of-the-barn policy decision of 2010 | Get The Picture says: May 29, 2012 7:13 AM

    […] It’s not even close.  The new attendance policies for Southern Cal practices include the following: Among those not permitted access to practice are agents (such as athlete agents, marketing agents or financial advisors to athletes) or their employees, representatives or affiliates. […]

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