SEC Commissioner calls for national examination of rules concerning NFL agents
In light of the recent allegations of inappropriate behavior among players and NFL agents at seveal high-profile schools including Florida and Alabama, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive on Wednesday it's time for the NCAA to reexamine its rules concerning student athletes and NFL agents.
"I think we need a national strategy for dealing with agents in college athletics, and in order to get there we need to sit down with a pad and a pencil and start from scratch,'' Slive said as he kicked off the start of the 2010 SEC Football Media Days. "And the goal should be to provide our student athletes with the most information, the best information, honest information about the profession they have chosen to go into. If you’re going to go to law school or if you’re going to go to medical school you’re going to find out everything you can find out, including how much financial aid you’re going to get. And I think our kids to know those same things before they make a decision.''
Slive said student athletes must be held responsible for their actions when they violate rules, but said many of the current rules are too restrictive in allowing student athletes to gain pertinent information when they are trying to determine their NFL future. He called it a "national' problem and said it's time to revise the rules starting from scratch.
"All of that needs to be analyzed and reviewed with the idea of coming up with a model that can work for everybody, and still retain the collegiate model of amateurism,'' Slive said. "This is not to just go carte blance, but I think it's too difficult for our kids to get the kind of information they really need to make a proper assessment for their chosen profession.''