Report: Agent admits paying college players

October 15, 2010 1:35:13 AM PDT
A former sports agent tells Sports Illustrated he paid college football players and several of them confirm it to the magazine.

Josh Luchs says in the Oct. 18 edition he paid more than 30 players from 1990-96, including many who didn't sign with him.

He says quarterback Ryan Leaf, the second pick in the 1998 draft who flopped in the pros, took more than $10,000, most of which he paid back after signing with another agent. Leaf declined to comment on specific allegations.

Luchs also says he paid first-round picks Jamir Miller and Chris Mims. Miller declined comment. Mims died in 2008.

Luchs was suspended for a year by the NFL Players Association in 2007 over the handling of a commission check. He says he's telling his story because "I don't want my career to be defined by that suspension."