Agent Josh Luchs tells Sports Illustrated he paid college football players, including some from UCLA, USC
Those three players are among the few people who come out looking good in Luchs' tell-all, "Confessions of an Agent," which is the cover story of the Oct. 18 issue of Sports Illustrated and appears in full now on SI.com.
Through writer George Dohrmann, Luchs tells of paying more than 30 college football players as well as other tales from his 20 years as an agent based in the Los Angeles area.
Several UCLA players and a handful from USC and other colleges are mentioned by name as willing recipients of Luchs' handouts, which are said to have occurred between 1991 and 1997. Sports Illustrated contacted everyone mentioned in the article, and their responses (or lack thereof) are included.
Some of them, including former USC receiver R. Jay Soward, admit to taking the payments.
Luchs offers a lot of insight into a field that is viewed by most to be one of the slimiest around. And although the article might not do much to change that notion, Luchs does provide a different perspective from the one many of us have of the relationship between agents and student-athletes:
It's a fascinating read.
-- Chuck Schilken
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