Saban calls agents 'pimps'
July 22, 2010: Nick Saban talks about agents at SEC media day and says that they're no better than pimps.
Slive said he wanted the NCAA to change its philosophy for dealing with agents from one based on rules enforcement to a policy that is more oriented toward educating student-athletes.
He said the current NCAA rules "may be as much part of the problem as they are the solution."
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Rachel Newman-Baker, the NCAA's director of agent, gambling and amateurism, said the governing body is reviewing its policies, but pointed out that schools can "change or amend the agent rules through the normal legislative process."
The statement said, "NCAA rules allow conversations and information gathering between agents and student-athletes, but agreements and receiving extra benefits are not permitted. The NCAA Division I Amateurism Cabinet, a group of individuals from across membership with representation by 21 conferences, is currently reviewing how the NCAA can continue to help student-athletes gather information about pursuing a career in professional athletics."
Improper contact with agents is hardly just an SEC issue, and it appears the rest of college football is paying attention.
At Miami, players said Wednesday they're reminded "constantly" about the rules prohibiting contact with agents. And the investigations that have come out in recent days led to a reiteration of those rules, Hurricanes wide receiver LaRon Byrd said.
"It's kind of crazy," Byrd said. "You look at things like that, and I feel like those guys are being selfish, not looking out for the team. That's something we always instill. It's all about teamwork here. I would not put my teammates in danger, in jeopardy of losing games or damaging this program because I want to be greedy and take gifts or take things."
Alabama is among SEC schools who use former NFL executive Joe Mendes to counsel players and families about dealing with agents. Heisman Trophy running back Mark Ingram said Tide players are educated about dealing with agents or their representatives.
"We have a great program in our organization that teaches us how to deal with situations like that," said Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Mark Ingram, a junior. "Everybody is educated on how to deal with situations and how to approach those situations.
"My focus is on this team and this football season. Anything else is irrelevant."
Tide junior linebacker Dont'a Hightower said he hasn't personally been contacted by agents.
"We try to keep away from things like that and not bring it into the team," Hightower said.
CFT: The University of Miami has come under scrutiny for alleged NCAA infractions, but one unnamed Hurricanes assistant coach says the SEC gets away with far more unreported violations.
CFT: Syracuse confirmed that former quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Don McPherson will have their respective jerseys raised to the Carrier Dome roof this year.
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