Thirty-eight states have agent laws on the books, and yet the hits keep on coming.
Florida is the latest on the NCAA investigative list after ESPN.com reported Monday that former offensive line star Maurkice Pouncey may have taken $100,000 from an agent. Coming so quickly after the sleaze at USC, we now have a full-on trend.
In the last week there have been allegations of improper agent dealings at North Carolina and South Carolina. It sounds like someone or some people is dumping on someone else. That's usually how these things start. "Marketer" Lloyd Lake said last week on HBO that the Reggie Bush never would have come to light had not Bush paid him. Bush allegedly took hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits from Lake. Look where that landed USC.
With the Florida news, this is beginning to look like an all-out turf war with rival agents dropping dimes on each other. Check out this site for names that are surfacing.
There's now a Southern sampler platter of Tar Heels, Gamecocks and Gators on the NCAA menu. Obviously, Florida stands to have its Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati vacated. The stakes could be higher (meaning: worse) for North Carolina if defensive tackle Marvin Austin and receiver Greg Little are involved with improper dealings with agents. South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders' name has come for the same reason in Columbia.
My question: With more than three-quarters of the states having enacted corrupt agents' laws, why are these slime balls still working their deals? This site details the penalties for improper agent dealings in the state of Florida.