Three football players were declared ineligible for postseason bowl games Tuesday after an agent reported that they were among nine athletes who had signed contracts with him in violation of National Collegiate Athletic Assn. eligibility rules.
Texas A&M lineman Tony Bartley and running back Melvin Collins will be held out of the Cotton Bowl, and Auburn cornerback Kevin Porter has been declared out of the Sugar Bowl.
The actions came after agent Jim Abernethy gave the Atlanta Journal-Constitution copies of his contracts with players.
In a copyright story Tuesday, the newspaper said Abernethy signed nine college athletes.
In addition to Porter, Bartley and Collins, the agent also said he had contracts with Memphis State basketball players Marvin Alexander and Sylvester Gray, Georgia Tech football player Riccardo Ingram and Texas Christian football players Tony Jeffery, John Booty and Wayne Waddy.
The only contract copy Abernethy didn't give the newspaper was one involving Collins. He said Collins' contract was in a safe-deposit box, but he promised to bring it to the paper this week.