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USC's Haden decries 'insidiousness of unscrupulous agents'

Arguably no school in recent memory is more aware of the devastating ramifications of an impermissible financial relationship between student-athletes and “outside pimps” than USC.

Not only were near-historic sanctions levied on the Trojans football program over the “arrangement” between Reggie Bush and a pair of would-be marketers, but the basketball program was slapped around a little as well over O.J. Mayo‘s own greed.

In the wake of SI.com confirming what most everybody has always assumed, that some agents are a walking, talking ATM when it comes to big-time collegiate athletes, USC athletic director Pat Haden has issued a reaction to the piece through the school’s official website.

In the statement, and just to let you know he’s very perturbed over the current state of affairs, the former Rhodes Scholar and law school graduate used a bunch of multisyllabic words to express the frustration he’s feeling over what rogue agents are doing to collegiate athletics.

“This is another example of the insidiousness of unscrupulous agents and why it is important that USC and all schools be especially vigilant to the misdeeds of outsiders.

“At USC, in light of the NCAA penalties we’ve received due to the Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo situations, we have already stepped up our NCAA compliance efforts drastically in terms of education and enforcement, and we plan to continue to strengthen those efforts.

“Additionally, we plan on taking a leadership role with the NCAA, Pac-10 and other organizations in developing better methods to combat the destructive work being done by agents who work outside the system.”

That’s all well and good, and should be golf-clapped at minimum, but, as has always been the case, any change to the current financial “climate” in collegiate athletics will come only when states with laws against agents paying players enforce them and/or the NFLPA clamps down on the rogue elements in their industry.

Until then, the human ATMs will remain open for business 24/7.

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6 Responses to “USC's Haden decries 'insidiousness of unscrupulous agents'”
  1. mgmac says: Oct 13, 2010 4:38 PM

    damn, that Haden dude uses sum big, big words. I’s needs to gits one of them dickshunairees to figur outs whats hes sayin

  2. gameday says: Oct 13, 2010 6:45 PM

    I don’t need to use big words to get my point across Mr. Haden.
    Why don’t you try to use just a little bit of the education you received and try to fathom that the student athletes are just as much to blame as the agents.

  3. gameday says: Oct 13, 2010 7:39 PM

    I believe in the article the agent stated that the majority of the time it was the players that asked for money.
    My gosh, is everyone so simple minded to think that these pampered, spoiled “student” athletes are just gullible and naive with no blame whatsoever?

  4. Cornerdenizen says: Oct 13, 2010 10:58 PM

    @Gameday:
    Damn straight. These athletes are spoiled little punks. Greedy too. Worst people in the world.
    I’ll tell you who’s really entitled to wealth.
    All the honest, clean cut, hard working, All American guys guys at Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs. Also guys like Ken Lay, Bernie Madoff…

  5. TJ says: Oct 14, 2010 7:20 AM

    1st off either the ncaa, school or nfl needs to have private investigators tracking all registered agents and their partners. They should be subject to regular audits. Then any player who accepts gifts, money or trips should be sent to the supplemental draft with a 3 or 4 year deal. No mega contract until end of 1st contract. Also penalize the agent and do something similar. His clients can’t be drafted in the 1st 3 rounds for 3-5 years. Simple. Just have to prove the crime!!

  6. Brianchild says: Oct 14, 2010 2:02 PM

    The problem isn’t the agents. There are bad agents and good agents, just like there are bad cops and good cops and bad teachers and good teachers. The problem is the players. As long as they take money there will always be someone to give it to them. It’s naive to think that if agents weren’t giving these kids money that some booster wouldn’t. It’s part of the system, and the only way to beat it is to take from the kids who cheat what matters most to them- THE NFL. Not college!! Half of these kids could care less what happens to good old “U” after they are gone. The NFLPA, the NFL and the NCAA need to agree that any player caught accepting payments during his eligibility needs to repay the university his tuition, repay and and all monies lost to the University from tournament or bowl money and most importantly, ban that player from eligibility for the draft or signing with an NFL team for a 2 year period. That will be the only thing that brings about change. You think the NFL teams aren’t going to draft the Austin kid from UNC or Dez Bryant or the kid from Georgia bc they took money? Nope. They will reward them with 1st round picks. But make them ineligible to be drafted and the kids will stop taking money. Then you will have agents with hands out and nobody taking.

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