We’re taught from a young age thats some lies are little ones, some penalties are small, just misdemeanors. It’s okay if you can get away with it; it’s only wrong if you get caught, like speeding or smoking marijuana. We accept grey lines in politics, business, Hollywood, romance, and of course athletics. Is it worse to pay a hooker than to have a affair and “cheat” on your wife? Is it okay to take a few extra deductions on your income tax? Can a politician “misremember” if he served in Vietnam? And we teach ten year-olds in pee wee league football holding is okay if you don’t get caught.
I saw college players get their pick of classes, have papers written and exams taken for them, drive cars supplied by alums, live in apartments instead of the dorm (and pay no rent), hang out on a Sunday afternoon with a booster’s kid at their pool and get paid for doing it, and have girls delivered to their rooms like pizza. Everyone was doing it. So it wasn’t that wrong
This is the story that my collaborator and I want to tell. We’re going to upset a lot of people with this book, but they need to be upset. It’s the truth and it’s long overdue.
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Get ready for the wildest ride in sports literature. Josh Luchs takes you through two decades of what goes on behind the scenes in sports: where the money comes from, how it’s handed out, where it goes, and what it means. Not only does Luchs name names, but he tells detailed stories and anecdotes. Just as the Valachi Papers helped to weaken the mob, this story may help clean up some of the shady dealings in college football. It’s a must read.”—John Clayton, ESPN
“With unflinching honesty and no holds barred, Illegal Procedure would be an entertaining and enlightening read at any time. Considering the NCAA scandals of the last couple years, it’s now an important one also. This is the reality college sports, not the charade presented on TV.”—Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports
“Josh Luchs dared to go where few had gone before and in the process exposed some very ugly truths about the sports agent business.”—Morgan Spurlock, award-winning director of Super Size Me and The Dotted Line
“Josh Luchs’ invaluable work has opened up new vistas for us as policy makers, politicians, and education and sports administrators. As we strive to protect student-athletes from exploitation, I’d like to thank Josh for doing all that he has to break this abusive cycle and to inject more integrity and honor into big-time collegiate sports.”—U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush
Former sports agent Luchs uncovers the thinly veiled corruption within big-time college football, as agents do whatever it takes to get stars to the NFL.
In the multibillion-dollar college-sports industry, the agent who is able to befriend the star player, become his “confidant, advisor, and shrink,” will probably end up his agent when he turns pro. This is what Luchs accomplished fairly well for 18 years. Contacting a player early in his college career is illegal, as is paying him money, providing him a car or a condo, paying for vacation trips and covering up his transgressions. As a player neared the NFL draft, Luchs would cook the data on his strength and conditioning, provide him with answers to the Wonderlic IQ test and hire NFL coaches to privately train the young player. The author contends that the majority of sports agents are in on it. College coaches funnel their players to their own agents, sports gurus tout particular players for particular agents and governing agencies like the NCAA and the NFL Players Association turn a blind eye to the corruption all around them. Many of Luchs’ claims will be familiar to sports aficionados, but his book is unique in two ways: He names names, and he writes (assisted by co-author Dale) with humor, honesty and, for a sports agent, a reasonable amount of humility. He changed from a young boy fascinated by sports to a hustler without rules, and in the end found it all “soul-eating”—so he eventually got out. Can big-time sports, especially football, be reformed? Luchs says it can, but not easily. Fundamental changes must occur, including sharing with the players the billions that colleges make off them.
A troubling, entertaining indictment of the hypocrisy of big-time sports.
Josh Luchs was an agent who paid players. Now he’s proposing a system of agent loans regulated by the NCAA to eliminate the black market. Read his book excerpt here