A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College Football
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Paperback, 9781608197217, 272pp.
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
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.
James Dale is the author of more than a dozen books, including two successful humor birthday books, The Too-Bad-It's-Your-Birthday Book and Happy Birthday to Someone Who Isn't Very Old in Dog Years, as well as The Two of Us: A Book About Friendship, Stepwise, and The Joys of Motherhood, which has sold nearly 115,000 copies.