NCAA Adopts Cecil Newton Rule

Thursday January 12th, 2012

The NCAA Legislative Council formally adopted the Cecil Newton rule on Wednesday, reports CBS Sports.

The new rule will stop any parents who attempt to sell the athletic services of their child to any institution. Previously, a “loophole” had allowed Cecil Newton, the father of Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, to attempt to sell his services to Mississippi State for a reported $180,000.

The new rule designates any parent an “agent” who tries to sell the services of their child to an institution. The new language of the rule reads: “ … an agent is any individual who, directly or indirectly, represents or attempts to represent an individual for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation for financial gain …”

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