LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY’S
NCAA General Rule. An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an
intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by
an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletic ability. Further, an agency
contract not specifically limited in writing to a sport or particular sports shall be deemed
applicable to all sports, and the individual shall be ineligible to participate in any sport.
Representation for Future Negotiations. A student-athlete shall be ineligible if he or
she enters into a verbal or written agreement with an agent for representation in future
professional sports negotiations that are to take place after the individual has completed
his or her eligibility.
Benefits from Prospective Agents. A student-athlete shall be ineligible if he or she (or
his or her relatives or friends) accepts transportation or other benefits from any person
who wishes to represent the individual in the marketing or his or her athletics ability.
The receipt of such expenses constitutes compensation based on athletics skill and is an
extra benefit not available to the general student body.
Louisiana State University Agent Policy.
An “Agent” is defined as any person or entity who wishes to represent a LSU student-
1. marketing the student-athlete’s athletic abilities/skills or reputation, or
2. providing other services relating to such marketing (e.g. legal, financial
advising or accounting services), or
3. referring the student-athlete to other prospective Agents.
The aforementioned definition is inclusive of all individuals who are affiliated with an
agent or a sports agency [i.e. runners].
In order to protect our student-athletes from loss of eligibility due to Agent activities, the
following policies and procedures will be followed:
• Agents must be registered with the State of Louisiana’s Office of Attorney
General and LSU’s Athletics Department. After registration with the
aforementioned agencies, LSU does not endorse or recommend the employment
or retention of the registered party and expressly prohibits the agent from
presenting his registration as evidence of his/her skill, honesty, competence or
qualifications to represent players in contract negotiations or otherwise. Such
misrepresentation shall result in the involved Agent’s loss of registration status.
* The athlete agent must first be certified by the appropriate professional players
association or associations in the professional league or leagues for which
he/she is soliciting athletes in order to be registered as an athlete agent in the
State of Louisiana and with LSU.
• The Agent must notify the Athletic Director and the Head Coach of the sport in
which the Athlete competes, seven (7) days in advance of any contact with an
athlete, of any intent by the Agent to contact the Athlete. Moreover, this
notification must be in writing to the Athletic Director and the Head Coach of the
sport in which the athlete competes.
• Mail directed to or received by a student-athlete with remaining eligibility from
an Agent shall be forwarded to the Athletics Compliance Office, (located in the
LSU Athletic Administration Building, 6th floor) within 24 hours after receipt of
such correspondence. After an Agent’s status has been determined, a copy of the
correspondence will be sent to the student-athlete’s head coach and the student-
athlete for their review. The institution will conduct an educational session with
the student-athlete regarding NCAA legislation governing Agents, impermissible
activities and extra benefits.
• A student-athlete (or his/her parent or legal guardian) should have no in-person
contact or telephone communication with Agents prior to the completion of the
student-athlete’s senior year of competition unless approved and arranged by the
Athletic Director. All contact by Agents should be initiated through the Athletics
Department Compliance Office. The student-athlete will be educated in regard to
• An Athlete Agent owes the following duties to an Athlete:
1. A duty to disclose to the Athlete the risk of loss of eligibility,
2. A duty to explain to the Athlete all foreseeable consequences of any Athlete
3. A duty to refrain from any contacts with an Athlete until having complied
with notification requirements to the Athletic Director and Head Coach,
4. A duty to deal directly, and without the use of intermediaries or any third
person (runners), with an athlete,
5. A duty to not provide an athlete anything of value prior to the execution of an
Agent contract and,
6. A duty to refrain from any conduct which would cause the Athlete to violate
State Laws, NCAA and LSU rules.
• An Athlete Agent owes the following duties to LSU:
1. A duty to comply with notification requirements to the Athletic Director and
the Head Coach of the sport in which the athlete competes,
2. A duty to refrain from any conduct that would cause LSU to violate NCAA
bylaws, by competing an ineligible student-athlete,
3. A duty to notify the Athletic Director and the Head Coach of the sport in
which the athlete competes, seven (7) days in advance of any contact with an
4. A duty to notify the Athletic Director and the Head Coach of the sport in
which the athlete competes, by way of written notice the execution of an
agent contract, which must be given before any subsequent participation by
the student-athlete in intercollegiate athletics and no later than seventy-two
(72) hours after execution of an agent contract.
Only an Athlete Agent is allowed to contact an Athlete or the Athletes family
members. The use, encouragement, or solicitation of any intermediaries or
third persons (runners), to contact an Athlete or his/her family, by an Athlete
Agent is prohibited.
The following procedure shall be followed if the student-athlete or his/her relatives are
contacted by an Agent, face to face, by telephone or by written correspondence:
• Advise the agent that you and your family will not have any contact with agents
until your eligibility is exhausted unless approved and arranged by the Athletic
• Request their name and mailing address and advise them that the Athletic
Department, on your behalf, will forward a questionnaire for your evaluation and
personal file. Submit their name and address to the Athletics Compliance Office,
P.O. Box 25095, Baton Rouge, LA 70894. For overnight delivery please send to
LSU Athletic Building, North Stadium Drive, Baton Rouge LA 70894;
• Submit all written correspondence from agents to the Athletics Compliance Office
and the Athletic Department will submit a questionnaire on your behalf;
• Advise the agent that you will schedule interviews when your eligibility is
exhausted unless the interview is approved and arranged by the Athletic Director.
COACHES AND STAFF MEMBERS
No University coach or staff members shall have any in-person contact or telephone
communication with Agents/Financial Advisors or their representatives on behalf of or to
discuss any current student-athletes unless prior approval has been provided by the
Athletic Director and the status of the Agent/Financial Advisor has been determined (i.e.
registered with the State of Louisiana). After the Agent/Financial Advisor’s status has
been confirmed, the coach or staff member will be notified and such communication will
therefore be permissible. Coaches and staff members, however, shall not be involved in
initiating, arranging or participating in any face to face, telephone, or written
communication between the student-athlete and an Agent/Financial Advisor (i.e. agent
interviews or reviewing agent materials with student-athletes). If a coach or staff
member receives approval to communicate with an Agent/Financial Advisor, he or she
may answer general questions only. In addition, Coaches and staff members may sit in
on such activities after receiving prior approval from the Athletic Director.
Please note that coaches and staff members will not be allowed to sit in
on or participate in any off campus or out of state meetings between
student-athletes and Agent/Financial Advisors.
The following procedure shall be followed if a coach or staff member is contacted by an
Agent/Financial advisor or their representative to inquire about a current student-athlete
with collegiate eligibility remaining:
1. Advise the agent that he student-athlete will not have any contact with an Agent
until his/her eligibility is exhausted unless approved and arranged by the Athletic
2. Request their name and mailing address and advise them that the Professional
Sports Counseling Panel, on the student’s behalf, will forward a questionnaire for
their evaluation and personal file. Submit their name and address to the Athletic
3. Submit all written correspondence from Agents to the Athletics Compliance
Office and the Professional Sports Counseling Panel Chair will forward the
questionnaire to the agent on the student-athlete’s behalf.
Known Agents or runners may not travel or be included as guests in any activities in
which student-athletes are present. However, it is permissible for Agents to purchase
tickets from outside agencies for commercial flights upon which teams are traveling, and
Agents may purchase tickets to athletic events in the same manner as any other member
of the general public. In order to enforce this provision, the Athletic Compliance Office
will review guest lists.
An individual who is known to be an Agent or runner may not be allowed to watch
practice, which is not open to the public. Nor will individual’s known to be Agents be
allowed admission into team locker rooms when student-athletes are present. Further,
SEC regulations prohibit member schools from issuing media credentials, sideline passes,
or bench passes to a known Agent.
PROFESSIONAL SPORTS COUNSELING PANEL
The Professional Sports Counseling Panel will provide an extensive educational program
to attempt to assure student-athletes and their parents or legal guardians become aware of
the regulations and policies, as well as the potential pitfalls and advantages, involved in
the utilization of professional sports agents.
Per NCAA Bylaw 12.3.4 the Professional Sports Counseling Panel is authorized to do
1. Advise a student-athlete about a future professional career;
2. Provide direction on securing a loan for the purposes of purchasing
insurance against a disabling injury;
3. Review a proposed professional sports contract;
4. Meet with the student-athlete and representatives of professional teams;
5. Assist the student-athlete in the selection of an agent by participating with
the student-athlete in interviews of agents, by reviewing written
information player agents send to the student-athlete and by having direct
communication with those individuals who can comment about the
abilities of an agent (e.g. other agents, a professional league’s association);
6. Visit with player agents or representatives of professional athletics teams
to assist the student-athlete in determining his or her market value (e.g.
potential salary, draft status).
Coaches and staff members [especially those dealing closely with student-athletes on a
daily basis such as graduate assistants, managers, and academic advisors] will be trained
to recognize indications of changes in the lifestyle of student-athletes that may be a result
of improper inducements from Agents/Financial Advisors. Coaches and staff members
will be instructed in the proper procedures of reporting such changes to the appropriate
administrator or the Athletic Compliance Office.
In the event that our efforts to prevent violations of NCAA legislation are unsuccessful,
the following actions will be taken:
• Once it is determined that a student-athlete has in fact signed a contract [or given
a verbal commitment] to be represented by an Agent, the student-athlete’s team
membership will be terminated. All grant-in-aid and other benefits will end at the
time first allowable in accordance with normal financial aid regulations.
• Once it is determined that a student-athlete’s parent, guardian or friends has
accepted inducements from an Agent, the student-athlete will be declared
ineligible. Restoration may be requested, if appropriate, from the SEC/NCAA.
• Once it is determined that a student athlete has had contacts [in person or by
telephone] with an Agent/Financial Advisor or runner that were not arranged by
the University and the contact plan of action was not followed, any and all
disciplinary action will be determined by the Athletic Director.
• Appropriate self-reports will be forwarded to the NCAA and the Southeastern
• The appropriate professional player’s association [e.g., NFLPA, NBAPA, etc.]
will be informed of the Agent allegedly involved and to what extent he or she was
involved in the violation. Additionally, the agent will be removed from the
University’s Agent Registration List and will not be allowed to attend any
sanctioned University Agent events [i.e. Agent Day, Pro Scout Workout day,
• Student-athletes, coaches, staff, and Agents/Financial Advisors will have an
opportunity to appeal any disciplinary action imposed on them by the University
as a result of their breach of this policy.
The Athletic Director must approve any deviation from this policy.