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This policy is brilliant. If you read it you can see where it doesn't completely eliminate any possibility of early contact. IT just forces it to go through university channels.
It forces any and all contact with agents that falls under the legal umbrella to be documented with a paper trail back to the university.
Therefore going forward, anytime there are misconduct allegations the university can say "Here is a list of players and agents that we approved early contact for." "Any contact that was not part of this list was not by our authority or knowledge."
You can never eliminate the shapiro's of the world so this is just one big CYA.
I like it. I think it's pretty obvious that the university isn't going to stop players from talking to agents. It just helps the program prepare for them to leave for the NFL and helps them have a better idea of who they need to recruit. Not to mention the whole CYA aspect of it.
It makes sense to me that the U would sdopt such a policy in order to minimize the risks of any problems with the changes in agent regulation by other parties. Until the NCAA grows a pair and directly seeks to regulate agents who seek to bring student-athletes out into the pro ransk early (regardless of sport), the smart thing for the U is to do this. I assume they won't unreasonably refuse a request for permission, but after what happened this off-season with so many players leaving early without an evaluation from the advisory committee on the NFL draft, it's probably the only way to put a stop to it until there's a more effective way of controlling agent contact with student-athletes and their families without the U's knowledge.
The NCAA is trying to screw Miami because of 2 things... 1) Because of how big the story got in the media. People see the highlights of the yahoo story and they expect some serious penalties. If the...