Schools push for stronger agent laws
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Athletic officials across the country have banded together to stop underhanded tactics some sports agents use to illegally contact college athletes.
They have been joined in the fight by five agents certified by the NFL Players Association.
"As we've seen over the years, there are a decent number of people out there that don't play by the rules," said Paul Pogge, an associate athletic director at North Carolina and a co-author of a nine-page memo proposing changes to agent laws. "The more entities and individuals we can have working together to protect the student-athletes, the institutions and the professional representatives who do play by the rules, I think that benefits all of us."
Sources: NCAA investigating Manziel
MIAMI -- The NCAA is investigating whether Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs on photos and sports memorabilia in January, "Outside the Lines" has learned. Two sources tell "Outside the Lines" that the Texas A&M quarterback agreed to sign memorabilia in exchange for a five-figure flat fee during his trip to Miami for the Discover BCS National Championship. Both sources said they witnessed the signing, though neither saw the actual exchange of money.
NCAA Puts Oregon on Probation, Takes Away Scholarship for Recruiting Violations
The NCAA stripped Oregon of a scholarship in each of the next two seasons and placed the program on probation for three years, opting against stiffer penalties like a bowl ban despite issuing a show-cause order against former coach Chip Kelly, who apologized to the school, its fans and it players.
The NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions released a report on Wednesday that said Kelly failed to monitor the program for its improper involvement with Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service.
Golfer penalized for washing car
A member of a women's golf team at a West Coast Conference school has been sanctioned by the NCAA for washing her car on campus, according to University of Portland basketball coach Eric Reveno.
Reveno tweeted about the violation Wednesday after he learned of it during conference meetings, culminating his message with the hashtag #stopinsanity.
Oregan proposed 2-year probation
The University of Oregon has acknowledged major NCAA violations in connection with football recruiting and proposed a self-imposed two-year probation with the loss of one scholarship in each of the next three years, according to documents released by the school.
Oregon and the NCAA have failed to come to an agreement on the matter and the case is expected to go before the infractions committee at some point this year.
College: ISU self reports NCAA violations, seeking two years probation
Iowa State is seeking two years of probation from the NCAA for 79 impermissible phone calls made by undisclosed coaches from 2008 to 2011.
The athletic department announced Tuesday that it has entered a summary disposition process with the NCAA and was asking for probation, stemming from impermissible phone calls and text messages made to recruits during the three-year period. ISU self-reported the violations to the NCAA in November 2011.
Some Major Colleges Fear Looser N.C.A.A. Recruiting Rules
"I am a proponent of close examination of ways to improve and streamline the rule book," Currie said. "We spend too much time and money trying to legislate something that is impossible to regulate. A text message ban has unintended negative consequences and causes more waste of resources than unlimited texting. If a kid does not want to return a phone call or text, he won't."