Pat Haden, who became the Athletic Director just weeks after the University of Southern California was suspended from NCAA Division One Football for two years, says that he is considering an Ombudsman for student athletes. The remarks came last week at a conference with NCAA and NFL officials and sports agents to educate administrators on agent issues.
At a press conference following the summit, Hayden said:
Maybe a third take-away, as I'm thinking here now, is really having some sort of ombudsman in the athletic department that can really be a counselor to them. That is viewed independent of us. That can give them real advice about choosing an agent and what do you do if you sign a big contract and those kind of things.
No other details have been announced by USC, but Haden's comments are tracking recent developments in the Ombuds field and acknowledge a need for amateur- and student-athletes. If USC, which doesn't have any kind Ombuds program, were to create an Ombuds for its athletes, it could be a watershed event.
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