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Grambling coach on agents: Line them up 'and shoot their ass'

Nick Saban referred to them as as pimps.  Urban Meyer called them predators.

Now, one former Florida assistant has a rather “unique” idea as to how the “predatory pimps” should be dealt with.

By way of our buddy SportsByBrooks, Grambling head coach Rod Broadway was asked by WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge what should be done about seemingly rogue agents running amok through college football.  

“Number one they should put them all in front of a firing squad and shoot their ass… (laugh break)… if you catch guys doing that stuff, because that’s wrong. Those guys are grown men and you’re taking advantage of 18, 20 and 21-year-old kids.”

While we’ll give Coach Broadway points for thinking outside of the box, we don’t believe that his way is technically a legal method of dealing with these types of issues in the continental United States.

Except in Texas, where as we understand it, under that state’s criminal code, it’s perfectly justifiable and actually encouraged to fire a warning shot if someone, say, doesn’t use their turn signal.

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  1. burntorangehorn says: Jul 23, 2010 9:31 PM

    I’m burntorangehorn, and I endorsed this message.

  2. overratedgators says: Jul 23, 2010 9:43 PM

    Oh, sorry. Thought I was on Facebook for a second.

  3. WingT says: Jul 23, 2010 9:49 PM

    Ya know, I think coach Broadway may be on to something here.
    The good agents need to step in and clean up their own mess – or suffer the consequences of being lumped together with the bad ones.
    I bet some of those Texas Alum would gladly shoot a couple of these bad agents for us.
    Time to thin out the herd

  4. edgy says: Jul 23, 2010 10:14 PM

    Baloney. 18, 19 or 20, these kids know what they’re doing. They just as culpable as the agents.

  5. DCroz says: Jul 23, 2010 11:25 PM

    My first reaction is that Saban and company are right: predatory agents who contact players improperly are essentially greedy scum who only have their own interests at heart.
    However, upon closer evalutation, ALL those involved in college sports (and football and basketball in particular) are pimps, including the coaches, the schools, and (yes) the media. They all make money–huge money, at that–off the backs of players who not only are paid a pittance in comparison to what they provide (welcome to the working world, guys) but are forbidden by the NCAA from taking one nickle from anyone who isn’t immediate family. The coaches make their hundreds of thousands or millions, the schools make their tens of millions, and the conferences and media outlets and the NCAA itself make their hundreds of millions–or even billions. Yet when one mentions that athletes be given something for what they do–even if it’s a modest couple hundred bucks a week for things a scholarship does not provide–all the above scream, “No! We can’t do that! We can’t afford it! It would be the end of amateur athletics! It would diminish the importance of academics!”
    The hypocrisy is stunning. It is actually kind of funny listening to school presidents bleat the standard spiel about academics; what’s even funnier (judging by how much it has been discussed on here lately) is how many people actually buy it. How much research money a school manages to get from Uncle Sam or private industry (which, honestly, is what we are REALLY talking about when it comes to a school’s academic reputation, not how many “gentleman’s C’s” it hands out in freshman English Composition) has nothing to do with stuff on the field, no matter how much they want to try to use it to divert attention away from the real issues involving college sport. And amateurism in college football is an archaic notion from back in the days when schools usually did not make enough money to cover their athletic programs’ expenses, as opposed to the massive piles of cash the big-named schools make now. If the school can make all this dough, then why can’t the players who do the work make some for themselves?
    I could go on, and it’s getting late, but I’ll comment more if this goes anywhere.

  6. davidc45629 says: Jul 23, 2010 11:56 PM

    Coach isn’t far off. Take one agent on a night ride to the swamp, drop him off in the morning and I’m sure his fellow scamps wouldn’t follow.

  7. Sean Martin says: Jul 24, 2010 4:38 AM

    You have a biased view, edgy. I’ll take my chances and say you aren’t an African-American graduating from high school in Louisiana, who is trying to not only make a name for himself, but for his entire family.
    Which school you go to is a big decision, and if you have agents around you pursuing you to go to an NFL-breeder, you can be persuaded pretty easily.
    Just saying, let’s not forget what white privilege means, namely self-image, education and wealth.

  8. 007 says: Jul 24, 2010 10:49 AM

    Hey, no one is putting a gun to the heads of those kids – they Don’t have to agent money – no is a perfectly acceptable answer.

  9. edgy says: Jul 24, 2010 11:48 AM

    Sean Martin says:
    You have a biased view, edgy.
    You’re the one with the biased attitude. Out of the gate, your argument centers around African Americans while mine centers around players – PERIOD.
    When agents weren’t a problem, players were going to Alabama, USC, Oklahoma, Texas, Notre Dame – you know, the Big Boys and now, gasp, they’re still going to the Big Boys. You know why? Try this for a fact – last year, 76% of the players drafted were from BCS schools and that was a higher percentage when you considered the first 3 rounds. Of those, more than half of the BCS draftees were from the Big Boys and that number is skewed down because the ACC, Big East and Pac 10 don’t have as many Big Boys in their conferences like the Big 10, Big 12 and SEC.
    Players already know where their bread is buttered and they’re willing to walk on at those universities rather than accept a scholarship at Who Gives A Shit U. They’ve also been treated like royalty for 3 or 4 years before they even entered college so don’t give me any crap about white vs black because it happens to both and you’re a damn fool to think otherwise. Seriously, you’d have to be a total MORON not to know that your chances of being drafted go up if you attend Alabama or USC vs Alabama State or Cal Davis. If you need an agent to tell you that then you need an agent to wipe your ass because you’re not that smart.

  10. DCroz says: Jul 24, 2010 1:14 PM

    Sean Martin:
    While I agree with you on your first two paragraphs, you’re greatly overplaying the “white privilege” portion of it in the third. I can’t help but shake my head in bewilderment at how people will talk like ALL white people have money and power on one hand, but then will turn around and mock “poor white trash” on the other. I’m not ashamed to say that my stock comes from the latter, with my family on both sides coming from the rural South and being made up of farmers and blue-collar workers. I can assure you that the credo of “self-image, education, and wealth” was not a part of my heritage, though that does not make us any worse than other people.
    The fact is, there are kids from poor backgrounds from all races who play college sports, even if statistically a higher percentage of black players fit that description than white ones. Even historically speaking, the same Jim Crow laws and attitudes that prevented blacks from exercising their civil rights also affected poor whites (who couldn’t pass literacy tests or pay poll taxes so they could vote, either, and also were barred from employment in many companies with the “No white trash” phrase appearing in job postings). Now as then, this issue concering players being paid–or not–for their efforts affects all races, not just one.

  11. Deb says: Jul 24, 2010 10:28 PM

    DCroz, I love the way you think on many issues, especially this one.
    This system is inherently corrupt and hypocritical. It’s absurd to insist “amateur” college athletes can’t be compensated when schools make millions on television rights, ticket sales, AND merchandising their images. The Olympics is supposed to be the ultimate amateur contest but is open to NBA and NHL players. Michael Phelps is represented by an agent and earns millions in endorsements.
    And I’m tired of people slamming these kids. Brokers and bankers worth millions are selling out the nation to get even more. But you think kids who’ve grown up without basic necessities should just say no? My upbringing was blessed, but I lived in the projects for a few years through my work. When you grew up w/rats eating holes through your walls, putting a zonked-out parent to bed every night, then lying awake listening to the sounds of gang-play outside your door, come talk to me about what you’d do if someone handed you a wad of cash.
    I’m not saying it’s right for them to take the money–I wouldn’t. But I lived in that hell by choice and could leave when I wanted. If I’d been born into it, I’d have different priorities.

  12. Buck Melanoma says: Jul 25, 2010 8:50 AM

    DCroz, it’s nice to hear someone from a similar background as mine voice an opinion w/o the divisive tone so often heard today.
    Yes, these kids & their families know the meaning of money, stature, & the power that comes with it. The agents & their runners are all too eager to prime this pump.
    Removing the temptation would go a long way towards addressing the issue. That doesn’t absolve the schools of their responsibility, but it would sure help with a solution.
    While we’re at it, can we also line up the lobbyists, lawyers, & corporate-sponsored politicians?

  13. 007 says: Jul 25, 2010 4:48 PM

    Wow, I think I heard violins playing in the background on your post.
    Just what the hell does poverty have to do with this? Are you saying because someone is poor they don’t have the ability to distinguish from right and wrong?
    Are these players living in poverty at the college?
    If you are born into poverty should you get a different set of rules to go by as compared to those who weren’t born into poverty?
    If you are a banker or broker or anyone worth millions then you are a bad person?
    Whatever Deb….

  14. edgy says: Jul 25, 2010 4:53 PM

    If these guys were 18, 19 and 20 year olds and robbing stores, would you guys be making excuses for them, as well? Like it or not, this kids know what they’re doing and they’ve been doing it from the beginning. Back when sports were nearly all lily white and supposedly amateur and played for “all the right reasons”, guys were playing for money under the table and they didn’t always need the money so don’t give me that crap.

  15. Donna says: Jul 26, 2010 10:51 AM

    OO7 says:
    ” If you are born into poverty should you get a different set of rules to go by as compared to those who weren’t born into poverty?”
    Dont think she was saying that, but children learn and watch from their parents while growing up. If they see there are money struggles then naturally they want to make it BIG as soon as possible in order to give their family a life without that struggle. Not saying it is right but just because a youngster has reached the age to be considered an “adult” doesn’t mean they think things out clearly and all it takes is the right temptations.
    What I would like to know is do they target kids based on their background? The reason why I bring that up is because it is a harder task to tempt an athlete who is not lacking. If an athlete has financial support from family and if they know that their home situation is not troubled financially then in most cases do not feel the pressure of “bringing in the big bucks”. A lot has been speculated about the timing of the event in question with Dareous at BAMA simply because his mother passed a week before this trip in question. I know a lot of grown (30-40) year old men who couldn’t think straight barring the circumstances.
    Also, parents will sometimes contribute to this as they will prepare them during their growing years as a young athlete about the luxuries they will be able to provide the family once they hit their pro careers. Its as much a part of grooming them as paying their fees and sitting and watching them play. I have always told the athlete I had that his first priority was grades, keeping himself out of the “wrong crowds” second and taking care of himself physically a close third.

  16. Deb says: Jul 26, 2010 2:45 PM

    @007 …
    Honey, you’ve chosen the wrong name. If life ever required you to survive on your wits, they’d be calling the morgue within the hour.
    My point, Einstein:
    If adults–such as bankers/brokers–who have all the money they need still scheme to get more … why would you expect kids who’ve never had anything to resist $$$ waved in their faces?
    I didn’t say it’s right for them to take it–only that people shouldn’t judge them so harshly when they haven’t walked in their shoes.
    Yeah, you play violins, smart ass. But I dragged some of those zonked parents home and put them to bed while their kids watched and dealt with those gangs and worse. Instead of mouthing off about whether I’ve insulted some bankers who just got billions in bonuses, try thanking God you’re clueless about how the other half lives.

  17. Donna says: Jul 26, 2010 3:39 PM

    @ Deb:
    Calm down now cause he knows not who he is dealing with!!!……….LMAO!!
    Its easy if you’ve always had a silver spoon parting those lips. They’re in denial that some people are poor because of circumstances beyond their control or that poor people only exist because they’re lazy. It is always easiest to judge those that have nothing because a large majority of our society dictates its best to ignore those that have nothing.
    My friend you are playing with a rattlesnake there, she’s coiled and ready! If you’re not experienced with this type creature I suggest you proceed with much caution….LOL!

  18. Deb says: Jul 26, 2010 7:14 PM

    @Donna …
    Deep breath … uncoil LOL
    Oooo, just get irritated because we’re not all blessed with the same intellectual abilities or opportunities to climb up. The projects where I lived were in a war-torn place overseas. People there had no opportunity to make a better life for themselves. And a lot of neighborhoods in the States might as well be war zones for what goes on in them.
    Not saying all football players come from that background. But kids who do see sports as an escape. If they make it to the college level, they’re not going to experience a miraculous culture shift just because they’re in a clean dorm and getting three meals a day. They’ll still be getting pressure from home to make it big and support everyone they know. That’s what agents prey on. So efforts to fix the problem should focus on the agents, not the kids.

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