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Former NFL agent Josh Luchs on football’s dirt off the field

by Patt Morrison

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Ronnie Wingo Jr. #20 of the Arkansas Razorbacks Red Team runs the ball during the Spring Game at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium on April 21, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The NFL draft takes place today, and many football players spend years slogging it out playing college football before they reach the draft.

College football can be a dirty game - on the field under the lights, yes, but also in the back rooms where agents, players and schools make verboten and clandestine deals involving players who aren’t supposed to be paid. But college sports is a big money game with millions upon millions in revenues for schools at stake… and it leads to an even more lucrative gravy train when athletes go professional.

All this illegal activity is oft suspected but seldom disclosed. Former sports agent Josh Luchs spent years making these kinds of illegal deals with college players – buying trips, tickets, favors and more in order to entice players to agree be represented by Luchs when they went pro. Luchs was suspended by the NFL Players Association for his activities, and in his new book, "Illegal Procedure," he spills the beans on the secrets of the trade and illuminates the unseen shady side of college sports.


Is there a better way to distribute revenue from college sports? Should college players be paid? Is there any way to stop this kind of activity?


Josh Luchs, former sports agent, author, “Illegal Procedure: A Sports Agent Comes clean on the Dirty Business of College Football” (Bloomsbury 2012)

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