One of the major issues with college football is the black eye it has received with many players taking benefits from agents and boosters. From USC where Reggie Bush’s parents received money to pay for their house in San Diego to Ohio State where Jim Tressel knew his players where receiving improper benefits to the latest one at Miami where Nevin Shapiro, a booster, provided money, gifts and prostitutes to Hurricane players for the last decade, it’s obvious there is a problem that needs to be fixed right away. The problem with the NCAA rule book is the interpretation of all the rules. There is not a clear cut definition to most rules. Until they can take the “grey” out of the equation and make things black and white, there will continue to be problems. Turning your back and pretending every player is on the up and up is not the solution.
Luchs, who will be speaking in front of Congress next week in hopes of cleaning up the situation, recently went on the Victor and Matt Show on 110SportsPodcast.com and talked about what he hopes to accomplish next week, “From a personal perspective, my goal with coming out with everything I said in the SI article was because I’m 42 now and at the time I did the article I was 41 and I didn’t see the world the same way at 41, 42 then I did when I was 21, 22. Obviously, I see things differently and I have had more experience. I would like to clean up the mess that I participated in. Hopefully at the end of the day with all the debate and discussions it will lead to some real solutions and if I can in some way be apart of that then I can feel real good about what I am leaving behind.”
The important thing to remember is Luchs is not the bad guy. He’s simply the one that came forward and showed one of the major issues with college athletes. The fact he is trying to clean up the mess shows the character of a person who has changed over his lifetime. He understands the mistakes made, but wants change to better both industries, the college game as well as agents. The legacy of Luchs is still debatable because some will argue its sour grapes that he is no longer an agent and just wants to air out the dirty laundry. Other may come to Luchs’ defense and say he saw the light and instead of running from the problem he’s trying to correct it. His roundtable discussion with Congress is a big step in the right direction. Now, the NCAA has to make some major adjustments if it wants to stop agents from paying its athletes.