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Zips football: A couple of notes from kickoff luncheon

By George Thomas Published: August 22, 2014

University of Akron football coach Terry Bowden’s father, Bobby Bowden, appeared at the team’s kickoff luncheon Friday and offered more than a few opinions on the state of college football.  Most can be read in tomorrow’s edition of the Akron Beacon Journal.

But there was one choice nugget that worries him in the era of autonomy: agents.

“I am definitely not a fan of agents,” Bowden said.

That has been a conundrum for the NCAA for years as agents find ways to ingratiate themselves with athletes even with the stringent rules that college sports’ governing body now has.

“Trying to keep these outside guys that are trying to make these guys millionaires before they play a down, they’d better stop that,” he said.

But in the new era of the Power 5 conferences, the opposite is actually on the table, according to reports after the conferences approved a measure recently to give the top five conferences autonomy.

There is a movement afoot to liberalize agent-player contact.

Brown's status still unknown

Offensive lineman Tommy Brown, who transferred from Ohio State, has been penciled in as the Zips starting right guard.  Right now, that is tentative because Brown is still awaiting a hardship waiver from the NCAA.  Coach Terry Bowden said he hopes it is cleared up next week.

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