Chuck Allen, a member of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees, sent a letter to state attorney general Alan Wilson this week to request that Wilson “investigate and prosecute any prohibited conduct committed by unscrupulous athlete agents in this state.”
State law prohibits an agent from giving an athlete anything of value to encourage that athlete to sign with them, but at least one former Gamecock, tight end Weslye Saunders, apparently has run into NCAA issues because of an agent’s “runner.”
Saunders was suspended for the season, in part, he said, because he lied about his contact with a person the NCAA deems an agent runner.
“This type of agent misconduct is both preconceived and predatory and should be met with the full force of the law which prohibits it,” wrote Allen, of Anderson, in his letter to Wilson. “I am sure the fear of prosecution, as well as the possible imposition of fines and/or jail, as provided by law, would deter this type of rogue behavior in the future. Otherwise, if the guilty agents are not prosecuted, only the student-athlete and the institution face sanctions while the real culprits are never held to account for their misdeeds.”