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.