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Confessions of an Agent

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 21, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Upcoming issue of SI names "30 former college football players alleged to have taken money or some other extra benefit in violation of NCAA rules. The primary source of these allegations is Josh Luchs, who has been a certified NFL agent for 20 years." First person account by Luchs, as told to George Dohrmann.

  2. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Was just about to post this. Fascinating stuff.
  3. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    This falls into the "Heard About the Lindbergh Baby" school of journalism. This practice is ancient and I'd bet damn near universal one way or the other. And why not? I don't see anything wrong with it in terms of business ethics. College football has no ethics, just rules, and I don't care about them.
  4. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Agreed. But when was the last time you had an agent go on the record with details about how he did it and who he paid?
  5. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    This is awesome. Two nuggets I found interesting:

    -MSU QB Tony Banks was paid several hundred dollars per month. He played from '92-95. MSU was on probation in '93, and maybe '94 still.

    -I put $10,000 cash in front of Kansas's Dana Stubblefield, and he wouldn't take it. I tried to pay UCLA's J.J. Stokes and USC's Keyshawn Johnson, and they said, "No."
  6. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    As good as this is, I bet he left the best stuff out. It's a rough game.
  7. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    George Dohrmann - whose new book on amateur hoops I highly recommend - is SI's 21st Century version of Douglas Looney and Don Yaeger. He's had numerous outstanding investigative pieces, even if he'll probably write 50 more years and never have anything as big as the story he broke when he was 27. On his Twitter, Dorhmann says this is the best story he's ever done for SI.
  8. Machine Head

    Machine Head Well-Known Member

    George Dorhmann does not fear the gopher.

    Edit: http://www.pulitzer.org/works/2000-Beat-Reporting
  9. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    That was excellent reading.

    And Ryan Leaf still was acting like a douche for bringing along his teammates to Vegas on the agent's dime.
  10. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Leaf has been a douche since he was 15 years old, but actually, I thought one of the best anecdotes in the story was Leaf giving Luchs $10,000 in cash in an unspoken understanding that he was paying back what he took.
  11. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    I can't wait to see Mel Kiper's reaction to this.
  12. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    ESPN looking into it. Busy week over there in the investigations dept!

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