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SEC Commish Aims For Agent Reform

SEC_Mike_Slive_1BIRMINGHAM, ALA. Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive remains very critical of the NCAAs rules governing agents, an issue that continues to plague his league.

I feel like the current NCAA rules and regulations are part of the problem, theyre not part of the solution, Slive said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. It was virtually a repeat of his message at SEC media days three years ago when agent-related incidents also prompted investigations at three schools.

Slive is adamant change is needed.

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 Im not clear on, the conversations ended.

Hes pushing for changes in the NCAA that include affording prospect-heavy leagues like the SEC, which had 63 players chosen in this years NFL draft, the authority to create their own rules to curb such problems.

The agent issue is back in the news again forefront once again even as several SEC teams are in the mix to extend the leagues national title streak to eight seasons.

A recent Yahoo report said a runner for agents provided improper benefits to football players at Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

Its potentially the most damaging of several issues involving an SEC team, player or coach since the summer.

Still, Slive said its nothing like the situation he inherited in taking over the SEC in 2002. Five football programs at that time were on probation or under investigation. Mississippi State and Tennessees football programs are currently on probation.

Source: Associated Press



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