Josh Luchs, not just your average real estate agent. The current house-seller used to sell dreams to college to kids, trying to make it to the NFL and all that it entails, not just football but a lifestyle. Recently in the tell-all Sports Illustrated article about his time paying players at the collegiate level, Luchs named names and dished juicy gossip, why come out now? His kids, according to Luchs. Not to say sorry for defrauding the system, after all, Luchs was one of many agents with his checkbook out according to his story, though he does express an appreciation for his switch to a cleaner practice later in his career, but apparently Luchs confessional is a saving grace effort to salvage his good name. Decertified as an agent by the NFL Players Association for an offense far less egregious than those he claims took place in his book, Luchs would rather vindicate his position on a smaller issue even if it means sinking a much bigger ship. He wants his kids to know there father as an honest man who provided for his family the best he could, and in the end an honest man. The question remains? Can we believe Luchs or he is he what Jose Conseco was to professional baseball, an exaggerating (notice the word choice as opposed to “full of sht”) whistleblower.In this opinion, yes. While Luchs’ reasoning may be less altruistic than he lets on, perhaps driven by revenge more so than the sake of his offspring, as far as the seedy underworld sports agents goes, there is at least a healthy degree of truth here. Just look at the reaction SI got on follow up to the story (from the article):
- Greg Townsend confirmed the details of his relationship with Luchs.
- Carl Greenwood, Othello Henderson, Matt Soenksen, Chris Alexander, Bruce Walker, Jonathan Ogden and Singor Mobley confirmed receiving money or extra benefits from Luchs.
- R. Jay Soward confirmed receiving money from Luchs.
Yes, the more high profile names drug through the mud, your Santonio Holmeses, Mel Kipers and Ryan Leafs may have denied their cooperation in corroborating the story, but after all, these people are out to save their own hides. What’s more impressive is that a host of athletes and industry professionals seem to be giving credence to this story, unlike Canseco, with little objection. It seems as if perhaps today’s recruiting scene has long operated under even more of a “don’t ask don’t tell policy,” than many onlookers ever imagined, with coaches and schools looking the other way all too often. This could very well be the next “steroids in baseball issue” paradigm shift. No one was shocked to see the big fish turn up guilty, but when minor leaguers, relief pitchers and journeymen were caught juicing public perception was altered all-together. Will the 80′s, 90′s and 2001′s be known as the “professional era” in college football? Every story has different perspectives, no two people in the same room will ever see exactly the same thing, so when recounting stories from years ago there are likely to be a few “creative differences” to put it lightly, but the meat the on this bone seems ripe for a sandwich. It looks like Luchs’s tale might be a winner looking forward to the inevitable book and Hollywood movie deal, which will take the seeds of truth and squash them into nearly pure fabrication.