PULLMAN -- According to a report in Sports Illustrated, former Washington State University quarterback Ryan Leaf received payments from an agent while in college.
The article by George Dohrmann alleges that Leaf was among several college athletes across the country who took money from agent Josh Luchs. The story says Leaf was paid his final two years at WSU, but his relationship with Luchs soured when he wouldn't pay the hotel tab for two of Leaf's friends in Las Vegas (the friends were Washington State quarterbacks Steve Birnbaum and Dave Muir).
In the article, Luchs admits to meeting Leaf in a hotel near campus in 1996. Leaf told Luchs that he had significant credit card debt (around $5,000) and he needed help. In the bathroom of the hotel, Leaf signed a contract and a loan agreement for the money. After that, Leaf started to receive payments of $300 to $700 per month.
Luchs also claims that he paid former Washington State players Torey Hunter, Signor Mobley, John Rushing, and Leon Bender.
"Word spread in the locker room that if you needed money, you called me," Luchs told Dohrmann.
Leaf denied the allegations in a statement, while Mobley confirmed receiving money from Luchs. John Rushing refused to comment and Hunter denied receiving money from the agent.
Former Idaho quarterback Ryan Fien was also named in the article. Luchs said that he continued paying him after he transferred from UCLA in 1996. Fien also denied receiving money from the agent.
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