Posted September 20, 2013

SEC commissioner Mike Slive: NCAA rules regarding agents are ‘part of the problem’

Mike Slive, SEC
Mike Slive

Mike Slive continues to push for the NCAA to rethink its stance regarding agents. (The State/MCT/Getty Images)

SEC commissioner Mike Slive says the NCAA needs to rethink its policy regarding agents in college football.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Slive said the NCAA’s efforts to address the situation have been largely futile.

“I feel like the current NCAA rules and regulations are part of the problem, they’re not part of the solution.”

[...]

“What we had hoped for was for a total rethink of the rules and regulations as they relate to agents,” Slive said. “A task force was formed and began to do some work and then for reasons I’m not clear on, the conversations ended.”

When Slive took over as SEC commisioner in 2002, five programs in the league were on probation or under investigation by the NCAA. In 2010, Slive harped on the NCAA’s regulations at SEC Media Days, and he repeated much of his criticism in his conversation with the AP.

Slive said prospect-heavy leagues like the SEC should be able to create their own rules to adequately deal with the issue. Some schools should be helping the prospects, not hindering them, according to Slive.

“We need to create rules that allow our student-athletes to deal with agents in sunshine, not deal with runners that are going down back alleys,” he said. “We need to provide a different way to deal with agents, so we’ve been disappointed that this hasn’t taken place.”

6 comments
Rickapolis
Rickapolis

NCAA rules are almost ALL of the problem.

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

You know, more states need to do what the State of Alabama is doing.  My understanding is there is now a state law that allows law enforcement to go after agents, etc who knowingly break the rules with student athletes.  Then, there is Texas A&M who publicly announced that any autograph broker who knowingly subjected Johnny Manziel to NCAA rules violations would be subject to civil violations and law suits for damaging the football program.  You will note that shut the brokers up immediately.

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

@DonAaronSowell @mbroncofan You have got to be kidding me.  So if I can scam you out of your money and future by breaking the rules (and laws), it should be considered capitalism and be left alone?  You are out of your mind.  Taking advantage of kids by helping them break the rules is not...nor has it ever been...capitalism.  My God.

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

@DonAaronSowell @mbroncofan Man...am I glad I don't live in your world.  

So...who determines immoral and unjust?  You???  If you don't like the rules, then CHANGE THEM!!  Just because you don't like a rule/law doesn't mean you can ignore or break it.  I can think of a whole lot of things I think are unjust or immoral with this current administration.  Does that mean it's right and proper to ignore or break them??  Where do you think that would get me??  You sir are looking at a world through rose glasses.  Take them off, grow up, and get real.  If you don't like what is going on...fix it the right way.

DonAaronSowell
DonAaronSowell

@mbroncofan

Your argument would have merit if those rules were just. They aren't. They were put into place by the NCAA for the sole benefit of the NCAA. The athletes never had a place at the table in formulating those rules. Predictably enough, those those athlete's interests are regularly violated by those unjust rules.

It is immoral and unjust that anyone should make millions of dollars off of the efforts of an underpaid labor force. That's what's going on in NCAA athletics. They compound that immorality and commit an affront to capitalism by preventing these men from profiting off of their own skills, work and abilities. That's both immoral and contrary to the very spirit of American capitalism. This it the land of opportunity. That means that each person has the inherent right to profit personally from his own skills, abilities, and work. Football and basketball players should be included. There was never a special exception granted to sports leagues by our Founding Fathers.

The rules being broken are immoral and unjust. It is the right and proper thing to break any immoral and unjust rule.