Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and practice field for the Sooners. Draft-ineligible athletes are now off-limits to professional sports agents.

House votes to limit contact between student-athletes and sports agents

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has approved a bill prohibiting communication between draft-ineligible student athletes and professional sports agents except for the distribution of promotional brochures.

House Bill 1095, sponsored by Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, a former kicker on OU's 1985 national championship football team, passed 79-13 Thursday morning. Those ineligible are classified as underclassmen students.

"Scouts still find a way to get in contact with athletes and get in the way of their schoolwork," said Ashley Aary, student athletic trainer.

The measure is headed to the state Senate for debate. To become law, the Senate also must approve the bill.

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