USC to host agent awareness summit

USC is hosting an agent education and awareness convention this week in an attempt to explore different perspectives from universities, student-athletes and coaches on the topic of agents, the school announced Monday.

The invite-only summit, which will also address maintaining athletic eligibility, will take place Tuesday at USC's Galen Center. Presenters at the event are scheduled to include representatives of the NCAA, NFL and NFL Players' Association, as well as the Pac-10 and SEC. Athletic directors from each Pac-10 school and several prominent agents are also expected to be in attendance.

University president Max Nikias, athletic director Pat Haden, vice president for athletic compliance David Roberts and senior associate athletic director Mark Jacksonwill be there on USC's behalf.

"Obviously, the issue of college student-athletes dealing with agents is a hot-button topic," Haden said in a statement. "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 organized by USC's Professional Sports Counseling Panel. Roberts and Jackson are two of the panel's seven members. Three other USC staffers are also on the board, as well as Virginia-based Cornerstone Sports Consulting head Joe Mendes.