Friday USC running back Dillon Baxter was deemed ineligible by the school after USC’s compliance office found he had committed an NCAA violation by accepting a ride in a golf cart on campus from USC student Teague Egan on Thursday.
(USC players at Egan company’s party - pic posted by Jordan Campbell)
Egan is no ordinary student. He’s also a registered agent with the NFL Players Association and CEO of 1st Round Enterprises - an entertainment agency fronting what appears to be a glorified party planning company. (For now.)
(U of L’s Campbell is listed as “partner” on NFL agent’s official website)
While Baxter’s eligibilty is reportedly expected to be reinstated by the NCAA in short order, his brush with Egan has set off alarm bells as to how many other USC players may have improper relationships with the registered NFL player agent.
If photos from First Round’s official Facebook page are any indication, it appears those concerns may be justified.
Joey Kaufman of ConquestChronicles tipped us off Sunday to some photos taken of USC Trojan football players in the spring of 2009 at a party hosted by Egan’s company, First Round Entertainment. Background:
1st Round hosted an event at the J Restaurant & Lounge near L.A. Live, where multiple members of the USC football team, where “coincidentally” in attendance.
The party photos in question were apparently taken at one of 1st Round’s soirees that were open to the public - and included free drinks for all.
From 1st Round’s Facebook page:
Catering to the college and young professional clientele we will host weekly parties in the downtown area and around L.A. LIVE with free transportation, free entry to all venues, and free first drinks because the “First Round’s on Us!”
Okay, for all we know the pictured USC football players just showed up like any other random students looking for free drinks and a good time.
But it is interesting to note that virtually all of the photos of party attendees from that particular occasion on 1st Round’s Facebook photo page contain USC football players - and blonde women.
The USC players who can be seen in the photos from the May, 2009, party are Taylor Mays, Chris Galippo, C.J. Gable, Daniel Harper, Ryan McMahon, Malcolm Smith, Everson Griffen, Jordan Campbell and Shareece Wright.
Campbell, USC linebacker from 2007-09, is of particular interest, as the 1st Round website lists him as a “partner” in the agency.
Though Egan has no NFL player clients at this time, it isn’t unreasonable to think that he had hoped to use his relationships with USC players to help him start a legitimate business representing professional athletes.
USC vice president for athletic compliance David Roberts addressed Egan’s improper contact with Baxter to reporters before USC’s game against Oregon State on Saturday:
“We’re hoping that that this is going to be the end of it and the NCAA will understand that we acted proactively and quickly.”
For all we know, USC has already addressed these photos with the NCAA.
Or maybe not.
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