NFL, NCAA discuss penalties for rule-breaking players

A group of college and pro football officials have met to discuss solutions to the ongoing problems involving agents’ relationships with amateur players, including financial penalties for players who lost their college eligibility for receiving improper benefits.

The NCAA sent out a news release Monday that cited the possibility of “potential post-NCAA financial penalties” following discussions between leaders at the pro and college level, player agents, state law enforcement officials and NCAA execs.

Under this proposal, a player whose eligibility has ended under NCAA penalty — such as North Carolina defensive lineman Marvin Austin — could face further discipline extending beyond the college level. The possibility of suspension during a player’s NFL rookie year has reportedly been discussed.

Austin is just one of many star college players who were suspended this season for accepting improper benefits from player agents.

The NCAA said the group, whose members were named in the release, is making progress in determining ways for increased communication between the NCAA, the NFL and its union and state government officials.

Included in the group are SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, sports agent Jimmy Sexton, and NFL team presidents Bill Polian of the Colts and Rich McKay of the Falcons.

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