I was talking with one of the compliance employees about a year ago and asked him what he did day-to-day, and he answered that what he did, all day every day, was monitor eBay and Amazon and the like looking for anything that might be an NCAA violation. Autographs, jerseys, game balls, rings, even a handmade action figure were things that he said that he had to corral at one point or another.
I thought he was joking. Then Wednesday came along, and he surely wasn’t.
Our own Josh Kendall wrote the story today about the eBay craziness involving Jadeveon Clowney, and he’s not nearly the only college athlete that has his name linked to items available for purchase. The problem is, USC can do so only much to curb it.
Athletes are told not to autograph anything without it being approved by the school. But what about the sweet old lady that’s lived next door for 15 years? What about your old babysitter? What about that adorable 3-year-old in his oversized helmet, holding up a pen at the end of practice?
Impossible to stop, impossible to know people’s motives behind asking for an autograph. There will always be a way to get around the rule.
Next on eBay: a Kleenex that was dropped by Christian Laettner the night he made “The Shot” (with certificate of authenticity!)
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