Slive: Agent rules might be part of problem

ASSOCIATED PRESSJuly 21, 2010 

SEC Media Days Football

Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive talks to media during the SEC Media Days on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, in Hoover, Ala.

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HOOVER, Ala. | Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive wants the NCAA to switch its focus on agent dealings from enforcement to assisting players. Alabama coach Nick Saban wants to take aim at the agents.

Slive opened the league media days with three schools — Florida, Alabama and South Carolina — facing investigations stemming from possible improper contact with agents.

The SEC commissioner says the current rules "may be as much part of the problem as they are the solution."

Saban says he wants the NFL Players Association to get involved and suspend agents whose dealings help cost players eligibility.

Saban confirmed that Alabama is looking into a trip defensive end Marcell Dareus took to an agent's party at Miami's South Beach.

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