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A proposal being considered by the NCAA's Committee on Agents and Amateurism would relax strict rules banning college athletes from earning outside income, according to the K.C. STAR. Committee Chair William Kirwin said the change is part of "three cornerstones" to keep agents out of college sports. The three- part plan: Better education among college athletes about rules violations involving agents; financial flexibility allowing athletes to better support themselves; and tougher penalties against schools and athletes involved with agents. Included would be rule changes lifting the ban on athletes working during the off-season, allowing them to earn up to the difference between their athletic scholarship and the cost of attending school (around $2,000 a year). The proposal would also permit top athletes to borrow during their college years against expected future pro earnings (Mike McGraw, K.C. STAR, 7/20).