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Union saves USC from Teague Egan

Vontaze Burfict, Dillon Baxter

Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict, left, tackles Southern California running back Dillon Baxter during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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On Friday, the NFL Players Association suspended well-known agent Gary Wichard for nine months, due to a violation of the so-called junior rule, which prohibits communication with players who have not yet completed their true junior or redshirt sophomore seasons in college.

The NFLPA also revoked the certification of Teague Egan, a brash USC student who already had become a caricature of the stereotypical sports agent. Egan, whose decision to give freshman running back Dillon Baxter a ride in a golf cart cost him a game, openly aspired to represent all Trojans who landed in the NFL.

“Like Drew Rosenhaus who represented every Miami kid after going to school at Miami,” Egan told T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times this week, “I intend to represent every USC kid.”

Tell us more about yourself, Teague.

“My aspirations and goals are bigger than anybody you have ever met in life,” he told Simers.

OK, Teague. Now stop before you embarrass yourself. More.

The situation would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. Egan’s father owns Alamo Rental Car, and so Egan’s seed money was served up via silver spoon.

After boasting that he hangs out in bars with USC players, Simers asked Egan if he buys the kids drinks.

“No, not anymore,” Egan said, which implies enough to get the program in even bigger trouble, if the NCAA chooses to push the issue.

In equally big trouble will (or at least should) be whoever at the NFLPA approved Egan’s application. The union, which has legal authority to supervise all contract agents, requires not only a four-year degree but also (absent the granting of an express waiver based on experience) an advanced degree. Egan apparently has neither.

But folks at USC should not yet exhale. Egan can instead try to be a marketing agent, a subset of the industry that falls beyond the reach of the NFLPA.

Hopefully, Egan’s dad will buy him a new Xbox instead.