Ex-Agent: Compliance Just a Game, Not a Practice

The longest-running story in the modern history of sports is the reformation of college football.


That is, how to combat the century-old amateurism sham employed by power football schools as cover to obtain a tax-exemption - despite those esteemed academic institutions operating what are essentially professional sports franchises fueled by unpaid labor.

In some ways, I can understand the aforementioned, eternal refrain and find it hard to blame the incestuous buraucrats operating their exploitive, BCS school-based shell game. Safe to say the majority of the population, if not accountable to any manner of legitimate oversight, wouldn’t deplane that gravy train either.

But what if I told you there’s an idea now percolating that could change all that - without ruining the game we all love?

Enter Josh Luchs.

On August 18, 2011, ex-NFL agent Luchs proposed the only realistic way to reign in outlaw BCS school administrators while preserving at least a semblance of the business of college athletics as we know it today:

Want a real solution — real change — instead of the next expose? Don’t blame the compliance departments, change the system. Make them like Eliot Ness’ “Untouchables” who busted the bootleggers — not local cops on the take but G-men. Take Compliance Departments off the school payroll and put them on an autonomous payroll of the NCAA. It just might produce more vigilant compliance staffs and an atmosphere more conducive to rules enforcement as opposed to self-preservation.

The concept of unimpeachable, third party oversight is as foreign to BCS member schools as the NCAA rulebook.

It’s no coincidence that Luchs was first to produce the closest thing to a silver bullet defense of NCAA rules since, as we found out October 12, 2010, no one better understands the architecture of that empty storefront than Maurice Clarett’s former agent.

One year later - minus a day - since he first exposed BCS Gone Wild, Luchs will once again present all-talk college football administrators as a study in status quo.

In a Morgan Spurlock-directed documentary about sports agents to air Tuesday on ESPN, Luchs steals the show by diagramming and executing an unchecked, on-campus play into the personal space of UCLA football players:




As part of the short scene in Spurlock’s The Dotted Line, Luchs easily exposes an unsupervised way - which exists to this day - for any sports agent to make personal contact with current UCLA players right in the middle of the school’s football facilities.If UCLA - or any BCS member school - knew its football program would be officially screwed if a third party enforcement group detected such a breach, what’s the odds Luchs would have such undue access?

So what are the chances the BCS school lobby would ever allow the NCAA to install meaningful third party oversight - eliminating the laughable in-house compliance model?

It’ll definitely take someone with significant sway to get behind the idea in a very public way.

Now, if you could only somehow find someone ..

1) .. with an established public profile who has and will continue to travel the country - most recently on his own dime - to espouse the idea.

2) .. with experience playing a direct role in a political process that recently enacted state legislation pertaining to NCAA rules compliance.

3) .. with intimate knowledge of the intersection between NCAA true believers, college football bean counters and agenda-driven media companies.

4) .. with enough street smarts to prevail upon and facilitate other NCAA rules breakers to go on the record.

5) .. with a book due out soon - from a major publisher - that expounds on the idea and is likely to get traction in the media.

Wait.

That’s Luchs.

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AD Was First, Now Last To Know About Neuheisel

Before the season, UCLA football Coach Rick Neuheisel told the media over the summer that he thought the Bruins were going to surprise some “people” this season.

Rick Neuheisel UCLA Monopoly Photoshop

(Not exactly breaking news here)

At Pac-10 media day on July 29, Neuheisel said, “I believe we’re going to be better than people believe and I don’t mind saying it. … our expectations are higher and they should be. We’re in Year 3, we’ve done a lot of research, we’ve done a lot of development, the kids have all bought in. It’s time to play.

Neuheisel was right about one thing, plenty of “people” are surprised about the performance of his football team this year.

I don’t know many people (outside of Heritage Hall) who thought UCLA would be 4-7 going into its final game of the season against USC Saturday.

Or that none of the teams UCLA has beaten this season has a winning record.
Or that deep into season three, Neuheisel is 15-21 overall and 8-18 in the Pac-10.

Karl Dorrell, who was fired to make way for Neuheisel, was 10-2 in his third season coaching the Bruins. Following that year, Dorrell’s coaching record stood at 22-15 overall and 14-10 in-conference.

Guerrero jettisoned Dorrell after his fifth season, a 35-27 overall record, and 24-18 Pac-10 result notwithstanding.

After UCLA surrendered 55 consecutive points to Arizona State in a 55-24 loss last Friday, the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER’s Scott Reid asked UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero is “if Neuheisel would definitely be back in 2010.
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Latino UCLA Coach’s ‘Taco’ Comment Racist Too?

Diamond83 on Twitter reminded me today of a comment former UCLA Coach Bob Toledo made upon the occasion of UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero’s hiring.

Bob Toledo Taco Comment About Dan Guererro

(Guess that didn’t go over too well after all)

From UCLA’s DAILY BRUIN:

Next for the UCLA athletic department is a month-long effort to secure a smooth transition from the Dalis to the Guerrero era.

Toledo even suggested a way to break the ice.

We’ll make tacos together,” he said, with a laugh.

Was Latino Bob Toledo’s “taco” comment about Dan Guerrero racist too?

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Everything Ya Need To Know About UCLA Football

Michael David Smith of PRO FOOTBALL TALK has a nugget from the NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN which sums up the acumen of football *fans* north of Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Vince Young UCLA football

Vince Young, who is back in school at Texas (we’re sure his mom had nothing to do with that) , on how he has been received by classmates: “The kids, they’re shocked. One day I walk into class to a standing ovation and my teacher — she’s from UCLA — she was like ‘What’s going on?’ I guess she thought the applause was for her … The kids have been giving me a lot of love. Some kids are like, ‘Why are you back? You’ve got all this money.’ That’s not what I’m shooting for. I want to get my degree.

Having lived in Lipstick City for eight years, that reax is right-on when it comes to UCLAers. Why do you think Dan Guerrero had no choice but to hire a two-time loser as head football coach?

Mike Bellotti Fakes Out UCLA To Get Big, Fat Raise

The PORTLAND OREGONIAN reacts in hushed tones today to a report in the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER that Oregon Coach Mike Bellotti is talking to UCLA open the school’s football coaching vacancy. The P-O notes that “Nobody at Oregon denied the interest is mutual.

Mike Bellotti Oregon

It’s only mutual in the sense that Bellotti knows that he can use the scenario to possibly extract more jack out of the Ducks. We can’t think of too many jobs Bellotti would leave Eugene for, and UCLA certainly isn’t on the list. The compensation at the school is embarrassing low and Westwood’s well-monied boosters won’t be dropping a boatload of cash on a football coach anytime soon - Bellotti included.

Mike Bellotti Colleen Bellotti

Then again, with the installation of mini-bar in Bellotti’s Rose Bowl suite, we might be talking a deal.

UCLA Athletic Director Calls Karl Dorrell True Bruin Then Fires Him

“TRUE BRUIN” KARL DORRELL DUMPED AFTER FIVE YEARS: The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports today that Karl Dorrell has been fired by UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero.

Karl Dorrell UCLA

Statement from Guerrero: “This was a very difficult decision for me. Karl has represented this program with dignity and class. He is a true Bruin and I respect what he has accomplished in his five years as our head coach, particularly off the field.“The folks at USC would certainly agree that Dorrell was a “true Bruin”, which is why they are so upset that he was fired.

MORE: “Boise State’s Chris Petersen, Texas Tech’s Mike Leach and former NFL coach Steve Mariucci have already been contacted by representatives on behalf of the athletic department. DeWayne Walker will be the Bruins’ interim coach for the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22..