We All Get Wasted ……….. It’s The Lifestyle of The Student Athlete

We All Get Wasted ……….. It’s The Lifestyle of The Student Athlete

There’s a very interesting song that was released off the well critiqued and received CD by rapper Gucci Mane called the ‘State vs Radrick Davis’ . One of the songs in question became a noted club anthem called ‘Wasted’ and it essentially chronicled the party life of the club goers and their rather excessive life styles. In saying that I’d associate it also with that of the life of the student athlete who if we’re to believe receive a college scholarship but in large part many of them end up failing to obtain their degrees and fulfilling their obligations to the schools. That being said these schools tend not to lose out because the tens of millions of dollars that comes their way each year by way of endorsements , the rights’ fees ,of course tv revenues courtesy of the NCAA and independently in some cases more than makes up for that loss.

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Within the last couple of days Sports Illustrated printed an article that will be in their November issue, wherein they interviewed an agent by the name of Josh Luchs. In this interview Luchs detailed his involvement with college athletes who were primarily football players entering and about to leave the college stage to enter the NFL . As an inducement Luchs had been paying players to actually sign with him in order for representation at the next level. Some of the noted players in question whom he named were Ryan Leaf , Jonathan Ogden and Tony Banks . Now this may well be only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in terms of the players that he’d represented or had been involved with at the time and in terms of the monies involved it’s not completely chronicled as to how much was involved . But one can be assured that the amounts had to have been substantial to say the least and that Luchs was adequately compensated in terms of his own fees at the end of the day.

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated in conjunction with Dan Patrick _ article posted by Andrew Perloff

Josh Luchs offers insight into world of agents and NFL players

NFL agent Josh Luchs joined the show to talk about the Sports Illustrated cover story on the underside of the business.

Luchs tried to explain why he paid players. “I loved the players and I wanted to help them,” Luchs said.

Luchs also talked about why he started. “I got sick of not being paid back,” Luchs said. “I got sick of being lied to.”

Luchs said that a lot of agents are doing this, but he said it’s hard to prove. “It’s very hard to keep track of … it’s not just the agents any more,” Luchs said, pointing to all the runners and marketing people.

Dan asked about the part of the story that claimed Mel Kiper had a relationship with his former boss, agent Gary Wichard. Dan asked Luchs if thinks Kiper overrates Wichard clients.

“There are plenty of other agents in this business that believe that he does,” Luchs said.

Luchs said he does believe Kiper may have overrated Jimmy Clausen. But it’s not that simple. “I think Gary can be very persuasive and he was able to persuade Mel,” Luchs said.

Luchs said it’s not easy to fix this problem, and college coaches can’t do anything about it. “I truly don’t believe that they’re capable of preventing that from happening,” Luchs said.

Luchs said states need to make tough laws against this and follow through and enforce them.

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Now one could decry Luchs for being a ‘tattle tale’ as he’s no longer an involved being a big time agent. But here to my mind is where the rubber hits the road if Luchs was involved with players at the time and he was knowingly giving them money and other gratuities then where the hell was the oversight from the collegiate establishments that these very same players were attending ? Furthermore if as it’s my belief much of what Luchs states in his interview has veracity to it then there’s the likelihood that the colleges knew of his interactions with the players an chose to ignore it. At the end of the day if it benefits the program by way of the success achieved on the field and the financial returns are more than equitable then everyone seated at the table wins. And that obviously included the NCAA , the governing body for collegiate athletics across the nation.

Now in raising my next point which is to suggest that if Luchs was one of many agents out there conducting business and he’s now prepared to open up Pandora’s Box on this issue then quite possibly many of his peers at the time involved in the sports’ agent business were also conducting themselves in such a way . The likes of Drew Rosenhaus , Tom Condon , Chuck Greenberg , Scott Boras and Leigh Steinberg no doubt and would probably tell us that they’re above reproach and wouldn’t contend with enabling an athlete to contravene and then violate NCAA rules. Well if that’s the case then clearly there’s now something deeply amiss with the current situation at the collegiate athletics level. Because the very same practices to which Luchs prescribed are the very same themes that have come to the fore in the investigations of several athletics programs in the last few years bring about severe sanctions against those schools but yet no punishment against the agents who may or may not have been involved. Many of the agents in question will have a number intercedents act on their behalf in approaching the athlete indirectly to discuss being represented. The strange thing is , if this is in some cases being done openly on campuses then what are the AD’s (athletics directors , compliance officers and coaches doing about it ? Clearly nothing in the cases of schools such as USC , U Conn and the University of North Carolina to name but a few. And whilst we’re at it where is the NCAA in the midst of this all , other than their rather asinine notion that their investigations and then watered down punishments meted out tends to stop this all ? It hasn’t happened and has never been much of a deterrent to the schools or to the agents themselves. The whole system is corrupt from the NCAA on down and it’s a sad indictment of collegiate athletics as a whole.

NCAA President Mark Emmert who took over from his predecessor Dr Myles Brand a little under six months ago hasn’t really had time stamp his identity on the institution and at the same time one seriously doubts if the NCAA are at all serious in dealing with many of the ongoing issues that collegiate athletics faces. The body itself (NCAA) seems to be intent on spending more time on renewing multi-billion dollar television contracts and seeking out new corporate partners in terms of marketing the NCAA brand than they are prepared to do, than dealing with such instances as the interaction between an agent and athlete , while they are in school or about to enter college having just left high school. And if you think that these agent are merely using the college campuses as their stomping ground then think again ? Many of them are out there at high school games seeking out and looking for the next ‘big thing’ . And to be sure, many of the agents out there would be hard pressed to deny that isn’t the way they tend to conduct their business. I’m sure that agents such as Drew Rosenhaus have interacted with the parents of kids whilst they were in high school as well as the kids themselves and seeking them out surreptitiously merely to discuss their needs.

Now while no one is denying the fact that attending college on a student scholarship isn’t a noble thing, one has to ask this question if the student is there merely to hone their skills and allegedly gain an education. If the scholarship itself is of value then why not as part of the scholarship throw in a stipend for the athlete in order to negate the incidents that have arisen in the cases of athletes such as Reggie Bush and O J Mayo ? It may not deter what we know has happened but if in part a stipend were included in the scholarship with clear guidelines as to what is acceptable as a parameter then surely this would be of assistance to the athlete and actually be a way to avert any temptation there might be to accept money and representation from an agent while in college ? Clearly this is something that hasn’t arisen at any level for discussion or has been seriously looked at .

From my own perspective I view the NCAA as a broken down archaic system that simply doesn’t want to change as they are completely comfortable with their being . Concerns that they may well have, seem to be only their financial well being and in making sure that everyone on board the gravy train is well taken care of except the students themselves whose interests they are actually there to represent. Now if ever there was a clear definition of the word oxymoron then I’d nominate and place the NCAA atop of any list along with US House of Representatives and US Senate . Each of the three bodies in question to my mind on their best day have been about as much use a bucket being used to bail one’s self out of a capsizing boat. I mean what use are these bodies when even they themselves fail to act and do the right thing when the appropriate action needs to be taken ?

As to the athletes themselves they’re asked to be held accountable for their actions but clearly when temptation is placed in their way especially when it’s financial how can they deny any of it at all ? OK so the consequences can be grave but at the same time what of the actions of the individuals who have lured them into making that questionable decision ? No punishment there and until the NCAA and schools are prepared to address that particular then I say ………..’ let the party continue and let ’em all get wasted’ !

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Picture gallery for your perusal.

With Luchs having now given this interview do you feel that anyone of note from the NCAA on down to the schools will show any interest in anything has said ? And what thoughts if any do you have on how the agents themselves are said to conduct their business in terms of interacting with these agents ? Furthermore do you feel that it’s time for commissioners of MLB , NBA , NFL and NHL to step in and act in conjunction with the NCAA to stop the actions of agents where they actually are getting the college athletes to break NCAA rules ? Chime in with a comments as to your own thoughts on the matter and as always thanks for the continued support .

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Click on the link provided to read related articles concerning Josh Luchs’ claims.

Links to Josh Luchs ………..

Alan aka tophatal …………… 🙂

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Gucci Mane _____ “Wasted” feat’g …… Plies

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13 thoughts on “We All Get Wasted ……….. It’s The Lifestyle of The Student Athlete

    1. Chris Humpherys

      And given what we knew happened with USC and the whining of Saban don’t you think that it’s still going on ? At the same time this is merely the tip of the iceberg and the dirty little secret that typically the likes of the NCAA would like to see go away so that they can continue to make money in the manner that they do .

      tophatal 🙂

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  1. Chris Humperys

    No he hasn’t really told us that much but I’d like to know if he was doing it then so too were the likes of Steinberg, Boras and others . But yet it’s only now that the commissioners of the four major sports , NCAA and the states are willing to step in to investigate these allegations .

    Someone really needs to unhitch the cabooses from the gravy train once and for all or simply pay the players and let that be it !

    tophatal 🙂

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  2. You know what, I think the NCAA should hire Luchs to be their personal “Catch Me if You Can” guy. Think about it, he could tell them all his tricks and how he used to get to the players to pay them, and the NCAA could use that info to help stop others like him from doing it! Win, win! Also, I found it interesting that Luch was saying he didn’t think any of the coaches knew about the money he gave the players, and if they did he wasn’t doing it right!

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    1. chappy81

      And I’d like to be involved in a four-way sexual menage-aux-quatre but that ain’t happening unless there’s divine intervention from up on high. Luchs is a damn liar as he simply wants to remain on speaking terms with the coaches he still counts as his friends if he’s insinuating that some coaches were unaware of his actions.

      As for the NCAA doing anything proactive isn’t that like asking the government what they thinking about how best to deal with the economy ? They’ve fuc*ed it up as it is already and simply showed while Bush (Dubya) was in office that they didn’t give a shit. The same can be said of Brother Obama ? And it’s the same way now with the NCAA and each of the four major professional sports. Now they’re only paying the issue lip service as a way of showing that they’re supposedly on top of things.

      Ainette-Stephens

      Now here’s some tail I’d definitely ‘lay the pipe’ to ! Ainette Stephens

      tophatal 🙂

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    2. chappy 81

      They’d be better off hiring members of Al Qaeda and the Taliban to seek out the truth surrounding how corrupt the actions are of these agents .

      I hear Osama really loves football and his favorite team might just be Penn State ?

      The man you all call Joe Pa will be rewarded by Allah with 72 vestal virgins as he’s been a very good coach .. Allah be praised !

      tophatal 🙂

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    1. aero

      That and the fact that they’re paid no matter what. To me it’s complete travesty as it denies some other student the value of getting a really fine education .

      Once I left the military my intent straight away wasn’t to go to college but I was lucky enough where my employer paid me to go to college and that afforded me the chance to do that as well as then getting an MBA as well as degrees multiple other business disciplines (Economics & Int’l Finance).

      The NCAA if anything is akin to running a bad puppy mill merely readying these kids at the professional of sports without actually ensuring them a proper education. The rarities are when you either hear of the likes of Myron Rolle who chose to initially eschew the NFL in order to go to Oxford as a Rhodes scholar.

      Drool on their SAT’s don’t they at least allow the candidate to get a couple of points for that as well as signing their names on the exam paper ?

      tophatal 🙂

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      I don’t blame the kids for taking the money but I can’t stand is the hypocrisy of the coaches , NCAA and their actions as if they’ve never been complicit in this all ! Never mind the actions of the NCAA which at times has been questionable and a complete and utter joke !

      Now you’ve got the states’ Attorney’s General (from each of the 50 states) the NCAA, both the NFL and NBA looking to have an investigation into the actions of the agents ? Why not take a look at the NCAA and how coaches and their actions in all of this ? This starts from top and actually works its way down and not from the bottom up as most would like for us all to believe .

      tophatatal 🙂

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