Cover 2 and Zone are football student-athletes at Ocean State University. Based on the below scenarios which, if either, would have eligibility issues regarding their interaction with an agent?
Cover 2 met with an agent on campus after practice one day. The agent indicated he would like to represent Cover once his eligibility has exhausted. Cover liked what the agent had to say and was impressed with his client list. As a result, Cover verbally agreed to have this agent represent him once the bowl game was over.
Zone met with an agent on campus after practice one day. The agent indicated that although he was very impressed with Zone’s athletic ability, he only represents professional basketball players. He gave Zone 2 concert tickets and wished him luck with the football career.
1. Both Cover and Zone would be ineligible.
2. Neither student-athlete would lose eligibility
3. Cover would be ineligible
4. Zone would be ineligible
The answer is 1. NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124 states that an individual shall be ineligible per Bylaw 12.3.1 if he or she enters into a verbal or written agreement with an agent for representation in future professional sports negotiations that are to take place after the individual has completed his or her eligibility in that sport.
NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states that an individual shall be ineligible per Bylaw 12.3.1 if he or she (or his or her relatives or friends) accepts transportation or other benefits from: (Revised: 1/14/97)
(a) Any person who represents any individual in the marketing of his or her athletics ability. The receipt of such expenses constitutes compensation based on athletics skill and is an extra benefit not available to the student body in general; or
(b) An agent, even if the agent has indicated that he or she has no interest in representing the student-athlete in the marketing of his or her athletics ability or reputation and does not represent individuals in the student-athlete’s sport. (Adopted: 1/14/97)