A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College FootballBook - 2012
A sports agent reveals practices of corruption in collegiate sports, frankly discussing his own illegal deals with various college athletes, in an account that discusses his subsequent dedication to whistle-blowing and college football reformation.
For fifteen years, sports agent Josh Luchs made illegal deals with numerous college athletes, from top-tier, nationally recognized phenoms to late-round draft picks. Flagrantly flaunting NCAA and NFL Players Association rules, he made no-interest loans to players in exchange for the promise of representation on their lucrative pro contracts. After cleaning up his act in 2003, he moved to a new agency, only to be targeted and pushed out of the business for a new violation-one he arguably did not commit. Then, in October 2010, Luchs wrote a confessional article in Sports Illustrated, telling the truth about what he did and didn't do.
Since then he has taken on a new role: whistle-blowing, truth-telling reformer. And in telling his own story, Luchs pulls back the curtain on the real economy of college football: how agents win players legally and otherwise, the staggering sums colleges make from an unpaid workforce, the shortfalls of supposed full-ride scholarships, and the myth of a college education given to scholarship jocks. Including new information about major players and scandalized programs such as USC, Auburn, and Ohio State, this book pulls no punches. It's a stunning and necessary read for anyone who loves the game, and the first step toward fixing a broken system.
Praise for Josh Luchs' Sports Illustrated story:
"There are no innocents in all this-including Luchs. The difference now is Luchs isn't claiming to be innocent." -John Feinstein, Washington Post
"[Luchs pulls] the inner workings of an oily business out of the shadows."-Pat Forde, ESPN
"A must-read."-New York Times
Josh Luchs was a sports agent from 1990 to 2008, until he was suspended by the NFL Players Association because, among other transgressions, he paid college athletes in order to represent them on their professional contracts. In an October 2010 interview with Sports Illustrated, Luchs first exposed the common illegal practices of college sports. In this book, he offers an account of his actions and the problems in the world of college athletics, and makes recommendations for reform. Color photos are from Luchs's personal collection. Co-author Dale has collaborated on other sports books Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Former sports agent Luchs pulls back the curtain on the real economy of college football: how agents win players legally and otherwise, the staggering sums colleges make from a unpaid workforce, the shortfalls of supposed full-ride scholarships, and the myth of a college education given to scholarship jocks.
A suspended NFL sports agent reveals ubiquitous practices of corruption in collegiate sports, frankly discussing his own illegal deals with various college athletes before he was ousted for a violation he did not commit, in a full-length account based on his 2010 Sports Illustrated confessional that discusses his subsequent dedication to whistle-blowing and college football reformation. 50,000 first printing.