NCAA sending strong message

SUNSET, S.C. – The allegations of improper benefits from agents, which started with Reggie Bush at Southern California, have made their way across the country to South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida.

The NCAA has also reportedly begun investigations at Georgia.

"I don't care how much you educate or how much you legislate, you can't legislate integrity," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

"People are still going to do things wrong. It sounds like the NCAA is trying to send a real strong message. I think it's a good thing. I hate to see it."

Clemson remains outside the focus of any NCAA investigation.

"We haven't had any inquiries. Not to my knowledge," Swinney said.

NCAA investigators are looking into potential rules violations by North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin and South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders, which stem from a spring trip to Miami. Allegations have also surfaced that Florida offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey was paid $100,000 by an agent prior to last year's Sugar Bowl.

Swinney took a realistic point of view when asked for his take.

"Nobody is immune to that, especially in the day and age we live in," he said. "Guys live where they want. The expectations keep going up, but you're opportunities to control things keep getting less.

"You just hope that you can educate your guys and they make good decision at the end of the day."

Swinney said Clemson players go through an agent education program and remain in regular contact with the university's compliance department.

"You just hope that you can avoid that kind of stuff. You can do a good job of teaching and say, ‘Let's listen and make good decisions.' Life is about decisions. You can make the right ones and you can make the wrong ones. Whatever decisions you make, you're going to live with the consequences." Top Stories