The North Carolina Tar Heels were poised to be a major contender for the ACC title heading into this season. Marvin Austin and Greg little were supposed to have break out seasons to lead the blue and white to perhaps one of their best seasons in school history. That all changed when twelve of their players were linked to agents and violated NCAA rules. Something that has swept the college football world nation wide.
FSU senior quarterback Christian Ponder says,
"Just a lot of bad decisions that guys can make out there, and a lot of bad positions that they put themselves in. It's tough."
Other major programs have been linked to these violations as well, most notably the University of Georgia, which suspended star wide receiver A.J. Green for the first four games of the season for selling his bowl jersey to an agent. Florida State all the while has kept their nose clean from agents and allegations.
FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher says,
"The agent issues and those kind of issues are always running rampant. We constantly talk to our kids about that. We do that in our life skills and plus and part of our mental conditioning and things like that to and dealing with those issues and talking to kids constantly trying to get to you."
Christian Ponder adds,
"It's a problem out there that exists."
All signs that the industry has changed over the last twenty plus years.
NFL agent James Cook says
"You have to try and stay within to confines of the rules of what you can and can not do. The industry has changed significantly and there's some bad apples in the barrel."