This item from the Houston Chronicle pretty clearly demonstrates that the owner of the Houston Astros is a doofus. There are certain teams in certain sports who are destined to be out of the running early and often. The Astros are very clearly in that category. They are screwing up the signing process for the number 1 selection in the June draft, Brady Aiken, royally. The whole fiasco is chronicled here.
And now the owner is tainting Aiken's UCLA prospects in the process. If the NCAA was a competent organization, there would be little if any ramifications from the use of the term "agent" instead of the more appropriate term "advisor" when discussing the current status of negotiations with the Aiken family. After the Ben Wetzler/ Oregon State/ Phillies fiasco last year, draftees and their advisors should and presumably do know the rules.
If only the Astros owner could keep the differences straight. And if only the NCAA could be counted on to do the right thing regardless. But that is a lot of if's.
Stay tuned. The signing deadline is 2 pm Pacific today. Casey Close, who is advising the Aiken family, is also advising fellow UCLA recruit and fellow unsigned Astros draft choice Jacob Nix. This is bound to be a very interesting day for UCLA baseball.