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State AD Yow writing warning letter to sports agents

Posted August 6, 2010

North Carolina State athletic director Debbie Yow is joining the fight against agent influence in collegiate athletics.

A spokesperson with N.C. State confirmed said Friday that Yow is having a letter drafted that would warn sports agents that any laws broken while wooing any of the school’s athletes would result in legal action.

Yow is not the only state employee who has taken an interest in preemptively fighting the dealings that agents have with amateur athletes.

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall launched an investigation July 22 to find out how active sports agents are in North Carolina and if they are following the rules.

George Jeter, spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s office, said that process was only in the early stages.

"They started telling people to be available to talk if needed and not to destroy any records," Jeter said.

Jeter stressed that the Secretary of State’s office is only investigating sports agents "not any schools or players."

"If anyone from the school or a player is interviewed, it’s only to get information about the sports agents," he said.

The illegal exchange of gifts and improper benefits from agents to players has taken center stage this summer, with several high profile universities falling under NCAA investigation, including North Carolina, Clemson, South Carolina, Alabama and, reportedly, Tennessee.
 

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Aug 7, 3:14 p.m.

    In theory, the student-athletes could be sued. It's a free country. They're allowed to talk to whoever they want, whenever they want. They can accept any gift or money they want to accept. They just break their "contract" with the schools and the NCAA when they do. So maybe THEY should be sued for some kind of breach of contract.

    It's like this. Do anything you want. But if you do certain things, we can't allow you to play for us any more. You can have your cake, but you just can't eat it, too.

    But there are laws regarding what agents can and can't do. Like the student athlete, if they want to act as registered agents, they have rules they, too, have to follow.

  • Tarheelfan13 Aug 7, 1:47 p.m.

    If I was a sports agent I would tell her that she is only the athletic director of North... View More

    — Posted by Tarheelfan13

    I think she said we would sue if agents BREAK ANY LAWS. Agents don't answer to Yow, but they... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    The problem with the Agent law allowing schools to sue for damage is that in the end it is all about NCAA violations and bylaws that cause a school to suffer monetary damage in the first place. A good lawyer would argue that as an independent party that the agent should not have to pay punitive damages due to the bylaws of a private organization in the NCAA. When a sports athlete signs a NCAA contract it is their responsibility to adhere to the rules and not the independent sports agents. When we really get down to it the whole charade is that the government is enforcing the bylaws of a private organization in the NCAA which they have no Constitutional authority in theory to do.

  • wjuliang Aug 7, 1:21 p.m.

    If I was a sports agent I would tell her that she is only the athletic director of North... View More

    — Posted by Tarheelfan13

    I think she said we would sue if agents BREAK ANY LAWS. Agents don't answer to Yow, but they... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Baddour writing a letter wouldn't have changed anything if they broke laws anyway. And it certainly wouldn't have changed how the agents or people working for the agents acted. The positive would have been that it would have appeared the schools were being proactive but no bottom line effects.

  • Deacons Aug 7, 12:55 p.m.

    Good job

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Aug 7, 11:32 a.m.

    If I was a sports agent I would tell her that she is only the athletic director of North... View More

    — Posted by Tarheelfan13

    I think she said we would sue if agents BREAK ANY LAWS. Agents don't answer to Yow, but they aren't free to break laws.

    Bet you wish Baddour had done this, though.

  • wjuliang Aug 7, 10:07 a.m.

    Don't think State has to worry about that happening anytime soon.

    Grandstanding and election year for Marshall. At least the AD's on the record about it but the agents are probably laughing at her.

  • Tarheelfan13 Aug 7, 2:00 a.m.

    Until the NFL/NBA or whatever league starts taking away an agents certification to operate in... View More

    — Posted by Pirates of the East

    Although I see where these AD's might be concerned to protect their interests in college athletics, they whether they like it or not should understand that professional sports have just as much a right to exist in this country as collegiate athletics do.

  • Pirates of the East Aug 6, 10:44 p.m.

    Until the NFL/NBA or whatever league starts taking away an agents certification to operate in that league, NOTHING is going to stop them from having contact with college players. Nobody has the authority to punish the agents, not the NCAA, not any AD, not even the law, so why woundnt they?

  • cjw6105 Aug 6, 8:38 p.m.

    We saw the same thing recently from Elaine Marshall. I call it grandstanding.

  • wolfbitesyourheels Aug 6, 8:20 p.m.

    She is just trying to head off what you have seen happen at UNC. Top athletes are going to be courted early by agents in hopes of signing them. This stance may not work but, it is worth a try.

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