Sports Illustrated story: Agent alleges to have paid ex-UA playerby Anthony Gimino on Oct. 12, 2010, under Sports
A sports agent, Josh Luchs, alleges to have paid 30 former college football players, including ex-Arizona All-American defensive tackle Rob Waldrop, in a story in Sports Illustrated.
Waldrop, who finished his UA career in 1993, denied the allegation to Sports Illustrated reporter David Epstein and to me in an interview last week.
Waldrop told me he did have lunch with Luchs — in a sandwich shop across the street from the UA practice field — but that he actually paid for the meal. Waldrop said that a UA assistant coach saw him at the lunch with Luchs and warned Waldrop to stay away.
According to Sports Illustrated, Waldrop said that Luchs offered to pay a friend in an effort to get to Waldrop, but he said that he did not accept any money.
Waldrop did not sign with Luchs after college.
According to Luchs in SI: “Between 1990 and ’96 I’d estimate that I paid more than 30 players. Joel Steed of Colorado; Rob Waldrop, the Outland Trophy winner from Arizona; and Travis Claridge of USC all took my money but signed with someone else, as did many others. When I called those players and asked them why they didn’t sign with me, they always had the same line: “Sorry, I gotta do what is best for me and my family.”
Other Pac-10 players of the era mentioned in the story are UCLA offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden (who said he did take money or extra benefits from Luchs) and Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf, who denied the allegation.