Agent suggests majority of players take benefits

Thu, Oct 14

Veteran sports agent Ralph Cindrich joined 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh with Vinnie & Cook to discuss the issues with agents and college athletes.

On his reaction to reading the Josh Luchs article:

"All true, seen and heard it before. Also, a little ticked off because a lot of those guys I had spent a lot of money on, and time, just going out and trying to visit with them and realizing that they were already locked."

On whether he's ever had the feelings Luchs described, particularly the feeling of a girlfriend that's about to break up with you:

"First off, and I think you know this, but I can say it unequivocally, publicly, privately, there's a rat around every corner, so if it's not true then someone would come out. I never, ever in my life participated in that type of conduct. I never broke, to my knowledge, a single rule, and certainly never consciously. So, in that type of situation, no. Been in that situation maybe where a client, where you get a termination, you can get that type of feeling."

On how widespread he believes the problem is and whether he ever was asked to outbid other agents:

"It did, maybe a time or two. Generally, with the way that I would come on and just the approach that I would take, they would know that I wasn't that type. ... After the season and all the rest, it's not illegal or prohibited by any of the rules [to ask for money]. But as far as it being widespread, I don't know how anybody can put a number on it. I always had people around me telling me that I was highly naive, but I would suggest at this point that better than 70, 75 percent of the players have broken the rules."

On whether you can be a clean and successful agent these days:

"I don't think you can clean it up unless the whole system changes. I think it's here and it's always going to be here and it always was there. It just wasn't as bad when I was coming through. Certainly, you didn't have it in the same manner or fashion as you have it right now. ... It does all start in college. It starts with coaches like [Nick] Saban out there, like [Urban] Meyer out there and the promises. Look, you don't have to be a Rhodes scholar to know that when you go out into the parking lot of college players and you start seeing Range Rovers and Mercedes and all the rest that these guys didn't pick it up in their summer employment."

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