Louisville coach Charlie Strong warns agents against player contact

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Charlie Strong will cut off an agent from the Louisville program if they contact players during the season. (USATSI)
Charlie Strong will cut off agents from the Louisville program if they contact players during the season. (USATSI)

When a team surges into the national spotlight, as Louisville has done under Charlie Strong, there comes a new level of attention from the NFL. Cardinals' quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is considered to be one of the top draft-eligible quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft class, and agents have apparently been working to get in with the other potential pro prospects on Louisville's roster.

Strong told Sports Illustrated that he has asked agents to cease contact with the players and their families. Louisville's athletic department sent a letter to agents last week with the request, and Strong says he will take action if that request is ignored.

"I will cut [the agents] off if they continue to contact them," Strong told SI. "At the end of the season, I will make sure you have no chance to represent our players. Not that I'm being arrogant, but I want to put a statement out there: You continue to mess with our players, this is what we're going to do."

Louisville plans to hold a panel for players to meet potential agents at the end of the season. Strong has asked players to turn in numbers of any agents who contact them, so that those agents will be prevented from joining the panel.

The Cardinals did not have a single player selected in the 2013 draft, but that is beginning to change now that Strong's recruiting classes are becoming draft eligible. Strong and his staff have been able to use former connections in the Southeast to bring in players from Florida, Georgia and the surrounding areas.

CBSSports.com lists linebacker Preston Brown, safety Hakeem Smith, wide receiver DeVante Parker and defensive end Marcus Smith as other top prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.

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