Tuesday, February 15, 2011
USC unveils new athletes and agents policy
By Pedro Moura
USC is taking additional steps to rid itself of the ever-growing agent problem in college athletics. In a Tuesday memo from vice president for athletic compliance David Roberts' office, the school laid out new regulations for its students and faculty members to follow when dealing with sports agents in the future.
The letter indicates that USC will now require advance notification from all students, staff and third parties about any involvement with a sports agent prior to any interaction with student-athletes on USC's campus.
"The university is committed to preventing any actions that a student or other party may take that threatens the NCAA eligibility of our student-athletes or the ability of our institution to remain in compliance with NCAA rules," university provost Elizabeth Garrett and senior vice president for administration Todd Dickey wrote. "In particular, we are committed to protecting our student-athletes from any contact, communication, or conduct with individuals who seek to inappropriately contact or represent student-athletes before their eligibility is exhausted or voluntarily terminated."
Essentially, the new policy requires all students and staff to inform the university upon hiring or enrolling of any involvement with a sports agency or within 24 hours of founding or becoming involved with one. It also requires students, staff and any third parties who plan to be on campus for any period of time to notify the school of any immediate relative who is an agent 24 hours before arriving on campus.
The university sent the memo in an e-mail to its 35,000 students and 5,000 staff members Tuesday morning. Read the full four-page text here.
The letter makes multiple references to student-agents, a concept that had been fairly unheard of in the mainstream until the November incident where freshman tailback Dillon Baxter was suspended for one game by the university and ordered to pay a $5 fine as punishment for accepting a free golf-cart ride from an undergraduate student who was also registered as an agent with the NFL Players' Association.
That agent, Teague Egan, has since had his license revoked by the NFL but is appealing the decision.