This is seriously laugh out loud funny. Yahoo Sports is running an excerpt from “Illegal Procedure: A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College Football” by former sports agent Josh Luchs.
Luchs was a sports agent from 1990-2008 before being suspended by the NFL Players Association. He wrote a cover story for Sports Illustrated in October 2010 shining a light on the secret payments and deal-making that exist in college football. This excerpt details his work with former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett leading up to the 2005 NFL combine.
My favorite vignette is when Luchs brings in a representive from the Shriners to try to convince Clarett to play in the East-West Shrine Game since Clarett's stated desire of playing in the Senior Bowl was impossible.
He’d been living with an Israeli Larry Flynt for months, absorbing the house culture, operating by the house rules. Maurice had seen that every Friday night, when the sun went down, no matter what they were doing, all work ended. Hai, his entourage and his family lit candles and said their evening prayers. So, at that moment, when the discussion wasn’t going his way, Maurice suddenly stood up and said, “This meeting is over. It’s Shabbat.” He walked out of the room.
Jack turned to me and said, “What’s he talking about?” I said, “I have no idea. Today is Wednesday.” I rode with Jack to the airport, apologizing, and he was very understanding.