So, the NCAA is going to close the loophole...
According to the Associated Press, the NCAA is looking into broadening the definition of what classifies as an agent to include family members and other (hopefully) soon-to-be-specified third parties in an effort to close the loophole that allowed Newton to remain eligible last December.
NCAA bylaw 12.3.3, for which Newton was originally ruled ineligible under, currently classifies an "athletics scholarship agent" as "Any individual, agency or organization that represents a prospective student-athlete for compensation in placing the prospective student-athlete in a collegiate institution as a recipient of institutional financial aid shall be considered an agent or organization marketing the individual’s athletics ability or reputation."
The NCAA later determined Cam didn’t know his father was attempting to solicit money for his playing services, and under bylaw 14.11.1, he was reinstated and allowed to play in the BCS National Championship.
I have been told numerous times that schools have always educated players parents that the "parent is the child". I am confused that this rule needs broadening.
If the child and the parent are one in the same then why the clarification? This is just one more confusing rule in a rule book that is antiquated.
Kind of like the rule the NCAA dusted off to let the Tat-5 play in the Sugar Bowl...you know the one that allows players the unique experience to play in the BCS "Title" Game.
The NCAA stretched that rule to include a major bowl for tOSU...and they got egg on their face for it...