With agent investigations now taking place at North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, the NCAA is telling us that its investigative team is getting more tips and acting on them now more than ever before.
The NCAA has been inadequately monitoring agent conduct for a quarter of a century.
I’ll estimate that at least 50 college players (between football and basketball) get paid by agents in varying amounts each year. That’s in the form of either payments while they are still eligible and playing or promises or guarantees made while they are still eligible and playing.
That number represents about 20 percent of those drafted each year in the NFL and NBA drafts yet the NCAA catches almost no one.
The NCAA partly deserves the blame for this.
Almost 30 years ago, sports agent David Falk was talking with coaches and commissioners about helping the organization get on the same page with the professional leagues as far as agent regulation has been concerned.