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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
USC hosts agents summit

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

If any school knows about the pratfalls of dealing with agents -- and would-be agents -- it's USC. So it makes sense that the school is holding an “Agent Awareness, Education and Eligibility Summit” Tuesday at the Galen Center.

The purpose of the summit is "to better understand the challenges that universities, student-athletes and coaches face when dealing with agents and in hopes of exploring ways to improve a situation that has been newsworthy both on its campus and nationally," according to a news release on the event.

Among those making presentations at the invitation-only event will be representatives of the NCAA, Pac-10, SEC, NFL and NFL Players Association, as well as athletic directors from every Pac-10 school and several prominent agents. USC's participants will include president C.L. Max Nikias, athletic director Pat Haden, vice president for athletic compliance Dave Roberts and senior associate athletic director Mark Jackson.

“Obviously, the issue of college student-athletes dealing with agents is a hot-button topic,” Haden said in a statement. “We at USC know that firsthand. We decided to organize this summit so that all of us at USC can pick the brains of our peers throughout the Pac-10 and also hear from those on the firing lines at the NCAA and Pac-10, at the NFL and within the agent community. Our goal is to gain valuable input in this area as we move forward here at USC, and also to provide a constructive dialogue and exchange of ideas between all of the participants.”

If I were Haden, I'd take all the NCAA folks here for dinner. And pick up the tab.

You know, just from the goodness of his heart.