Here is USC’s announcement on its, “agent awareness, education and eligibility summit.”
USC ATHLETICS TO HOST AGENT AWARENESS, EDUCATION AND ELIGIBILITY SUMMIT
LOS ANGELES–In an effort to better understand the challenges that universities, student-athletes and coaches face when dealing with agents and in hopes of exploring ways to improve a situation that has been newsworthy both on its campus and nationally, the USC athletic department is bringing together noted leaders within the collegiate and professional sports worlds for an “Agent Awareness, Education and Eligibility Summit” on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Galen Center.
Among those making presentations at the invitation-only event will be representatives of the NCAA, Pacific-10 Conference, Southeastern Conference, NFL and NFL Players Association, as well as athletic directors from every Pac-10 school and several prominent agents.
USC participants will include president C.L. Max Nikias, athletic director Pat Haden, vice president for athletic compliance Dave Roberts and senior associate athletic director Mark Jackson.
“Obviously, the issue of college student-athletes dealing with agents is a hot-button topic,” said Haden. “We at USC know that first hand. We decided to organize this summit so that all of us at USC can pick the brains of our peers throughout the Pac-10 and also hear from those on the firing lines at the NCAA and Pac-10, at the NFL and within the agent community. Our goal is to gain valuable input in this area as we move forward here at USC, and also to provide a constructive dialogue and exchange of ideas between all of the participants.”
The event is being presented by the USC Professional Sports Counseling Panel, a USC athletic department program that provides practical information, learning opportunities and services to Trojan student-athletes interested in pursuing professional athletic careers.