NCAA seeks insight from agent who paid players

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA has been asking former agent Josh Luchs for his insights about how to police college sports from rogue agents.

Luchs was decertified by the NFL Players Association last week after telling Sports Illustrated that he improperly paid 30 college players from 1990-96.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn confirmed Wednesday night that the governing body had spoken with Luchs. In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Osburn writes that the NCAA has had regular conversations with other people to gain a better understanding of the agent landscape.

Representatives from the NCAA, NFL, NFLPA, American Football Coaches Associations and professional agents are discussing ways to persuade agents and players to follow NCAA rules.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The NFL Players Association doesn’t think rookies should be suspended for contact with agents in college.

The union may get its wish.

Hours after the NFLPA issued a statement opposing suspensions, an NCAA spokeswoman acknowledged Wednesday that punishment was not “currently” under consideration by a panel debating how to dissuade agents from providing improper benefits to college players _ and players from taking the money and running to the NFL.

That doesn’t mean it won’t be debated.

“Everything is on the table and nothing is off it,” said Rick Smith, a Chicago-based agent who serves on the panel. “And we’re nowhere close to saying this is our proposal, so the NFLPA coming out with a statement is really premature.”

The union, league, NCAA and other entities are discussing ways to halt the problem of agents, and college players, who break the rules. A series of high-profile cases are currently under investigation by the NCAA.

On Monday, the NCAA said the panel would identify areas of “greater collaboration,” including enforcement efforts by state officials dealing with sports agent laws. Two days later, the NFLPA made clear where it doesn’t want the discussion to go.

“The NFLPA is opposed to any penalty being imposed upon a player in the NFL for conduct relating to the receipt of benefits in violation of NCAA rules while the player was in college,” it said. “However, we will continue to discuss with the NCAA and others issues relating to the conduct of agents certified by the NFLPA as they interact with NCAA players.”

So where do talks go from here?

It’s anybody’s guess.

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