But be careful about perception. Just like any group, there are many hard-working agents who get a bad rap because of the actions of a smaller group.

“It’s been there, but now it’s magnified,” Ben Dogra, of agency CAA Football in Missouri, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Many look to agents — not necessarily the players — as the main characters to blame in the numerous NCAA investigations into some of the nation’s biggest programs. That’s how it will likely continue.

Unfortunately, the competition for highly skilled athletes is intense, and some agents probably act illegally simply because they know others will, as well.

Without question, though, agents are in the negative spotlight more than ever. It’s just getting more difficult to distinguish the good ones from the bad ones.

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