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With the recent problems USC and UCLA had with agents contacting some of their players, the L.A. TIMES' Hudson & Almond examine the overall problem of agents getting closer to college athletes. "It is probably the biggest game in college sports, this nether world of sports agents, who lure student athletes into relationship and put them on the take. Not all of the estimated 3,000 football and basketball agents and recruiters are unscrupulous, but many are. The NCAA estimates that 70% of current athletes have had contact with or received benefits from sports agents." The piece also notes what few rules govern sports agents. The NFLPA has never decertified an agent for improper dealings with an athlete and the NBPA has not decertified an agent this decade (L.A. TIMES, 10/13). DREW SPEAKS: Agent Drew Rosenhaus advocated tougher penalties for agents interfering in college athletics. Rosenhaus: "I could care less if it was the death penalty ... that's fine, 'cause I'm not gonna do it. I want them to penalize these guys. I don't want it going on" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 10/12).