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Report: Texas facing NCAA scrutiny for agent buying players meals

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Yesterday it was confirmed that the NCAA was in the midst of an investigation of the Oklahoma State football program. Based on one report, OSU isn’t the only Big 12 program The Association has in its crosshairs.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, “[t]wo Texas football players each received a meal paid for by an agent and possibly jeopardized their NCAA eligibility.” The information was obtained by the American-Statesman through an open records request.

As expected, the names of the two players involved were not disclosed by the school in complying with the records request.

Also not revealed in the documents was when the alleged meals were purchased. What is known is that UT reported the potential issue to the NCAA June 6.

A school spokesperson would only tell the paper that the case “being processed through the NCAA through regular procedures.” In other words, an NCAA investigation will start in short order if it hasn’t already.

If proven, the free meals provided by the agent would prove to be a rather significant violation of NCAA bylaws. The two unnamed players could see their eligibility stripped (worst case), while the football program could face some sort sanctions as well.

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  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 15, 2014 4:10 PM

    A lot of people will be criticizing Texas for playing dirty on this, but I’m not sure how this is on them.

    I don’t understand why agents put their prospective clients in such precarious positions.

  2. deucez2 says: Jul 15, 2014 4:42 PM

    Playing dirty? Texas self-reported the potential violation.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 15, 2014 4:45 PM

    @deucez2 You act is if posters on this site are rational and actually read the articles….

  4. thekatman says: Jul 15, 2014 6:13 PM

    Texas, if found guilty and complicit, should get the same type of penalties that Boise State got, nothing less. Or they might get the Oregon slap, or the Auburn “let’s make up a rule” or the Ohio State “you can play this year, but the first few games of the next season penalty…. No one will get the USC penalty, ever.

  5. Deb says: Jul 15, 2014 6:47 PM

    Here we go again. Students in any academic program can sign with agents and publish books as undergrads without any penalty, even if they’re receiving full-ride scholarships. But let an athlete have dinner with an agent and the world stops turning.

    It’s an idiotic double-standard.

    Texas self-reported the incident and shouldn’t face any penalty. Is the Athletic Department supposed to hire a personal hand-holder to accompany each player 24/7? Nor should the kids face such harsh punishment. The NCAA needs to rethink its draconian rules.

  6. bigdinla says: Jul 15, 2014 7:06 PM

    Don’t blame Texas as all. Blame the agent and the players.

  7. ancientcougar says: Jul 15, 2014 11:41 PM

    The kids were hungry.

  8. dcroz says: Jul 16, 2014 7:59 AM

    Since Texas self-reported the incident, it should receive little more than a slap on the hand from the NCAA. It’s when the NCAA finds out these things on its own that the dreaded “loss of institutional control” gets charged against a program and major penalties imposed. As long as the NCAA doesn’t find something that makes this incident the tip of a much bigger iceberg, the ‘Horns will get some token penalty and that will be that.

  9. noaxetogrind says: Jul 16, 2014 10:35 AM

    @Deb,
    Not sure where you are coming from. The precedence in these types of cases is pretty clear. The involved players will have to make restitution equal to the value of the meal to a charity. They may or may not sustain some loss of playing time but it will minimal. There is not a player in America who does not know they cannot interact with an agent. Every year you must sit through a presentation from your compliance department on the first night you report for training camp so you know full well the rules. Every year I was a player we also had a presentation from a Special Agent from the FBI warning us of all the nefarious characters that want to be associated with big time football and to be wary. You intimate that other students get to receive perks so why can’t football players. I know you are not that simple. Because of the rampant history of abuse. By the way, I am also sure you are aware that in most states now it is against the law for agents to interact with collegiate athletes so it goes beyond the NCAA. It is a crime. Why, because of the Tank Blacks and his ilk. Does the NCAA need some reform, absolutely. Is allowing agents access to athletes so that they can further their own agendas a priority target for reform? Not hardly.

  10. Deb says: Jul 16, 2014 12:56 PM

    @noaxetogrind …

    Actually, the bit about the FBI agent is new–didn’t know the feds were involved :)

    It’s not that kids in other programs receive perks. Kids in academia are encouraged to explore and prep for post-college career opportunities, while football players are expressly forbidden to look beyond college until the moment arrives. That helps create an environment where nefarious characters thrive.

    NCAA rules need a major overhaul. And as part of that, I’d like to see players have controlled access to agents, supervised by their universities. I think having some sort of Agent Fair–during preseason so it’s not a distraction–would help cut down on these backdoor activities. The universities could vet the agents invited. The kids would get an opportunity to meet respected, qualified professionals–and learn which agents to avoid. Their schools would be helping them prepare for their future careers–as they do when they help academic students secure internships.

    Just something to think about.

  11. scbaby2013 says: Jul 16, 2014 11:11 PM

    I agree katman. Texas won’t face sanctions that sc was given…just look at Miami and the slap on the wrist they got .

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