You know, as much crap as I direct towards the NCAA, I have to be fair and admit it doesn’t have an easy task monitoring sleazy behavior. So take a minute and read this depressing story (warning: you’ll probably need to shower after reading it). While most of it’s about basketball, there is this one little football nugget:
Some might say the only people a player can trust are his parents — but that’s not even 100 percent true. Take current Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton. Cam’s father, Cecil, shopped him to different schools for reportedly up to $180,000 — without his son knowing. The NCAA was irked enough to enact a “Cecil Newton Rule” in January, making it possible to include parents as potential outside third-party agents.
That’s one incident, but we’d be naive to think Cecil Newton is the first parent to try to make money or get a job because of his son’s athletic talents. Parents aren’t exempt from this “inner circle” syndrome.
If it’s naïve to think it hasn’t happened before, then why did the NCAA just wake up and pass a rule about it this year?