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'Runners' Still a Powerful Tool for Agents

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Prior to June 1, 2012, these college football players were recruited by a variety of individuals acting on behalf of NFLPA certified Contract Advisors.  They were labeled “runners,” and much of the blame for the perceived corruption surrounding the recruitment of “student-athletes” was placed on said individuals.  In 2012, Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com described runners as, “slimeball trolls who work on behalf of agents to help recruit — a generous word — football prospects by illegally giving them cash (or cars or money for family members or rent for a nice house) so the player then signs with the agent upon turning pro.”  Freeman went on to say, “It’s one of the most despicable practices in college sports and...

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