After the age of 13, I can’t say I’ve cared too much for autographed items. I have a few things tucked away that I have been given or came into. Waiting in line for an autograph, however, let alone the idea of paying money for it. No. It’s just never been a thing for me. To this day the whole concept of the market for signed memorabilia and pictures of players, is a bit odd. Autograph shows blow my mind. I guess like comic books and baseball cards, it is some part of our childhood that some people just do not let go. Just when you get older and have your own money you can spend it on those things.
With that, the whole Johnny Manziel autograph scandal-story (and the issue of his eligibility) has spooked colleges as the season approaches.
Louisville has forbidden players from signing autographs, replacing its annual event with an open practice. Texas A&M will not allow players to sign anything but specially designed autograph cards.
At West Virginia, officials took no chances last Sunday when players and coaches signed autographs for two hours. The school provided autograph sheets, posters and NCAA compliance handouts outlining regulations prohibiting the sale of items bearing the name of the athletes.
That presumes, though, that the WVU fan is capable of reading.
Even Pitt is watching.
Pitt won’t be especially strict, but officials will keep their eyes open, [senior associate athletic director E.J.] Borghetti said.
“As always, we have certainly encouraged fans to not come with a boatload of items for the sake of other people who want autographs and want to meet our kids,” he said.
“At the same time, we are certainly going to be very cognizant of red flags. If someone shows up with 20 copies of the same image and doesn’t want them personalized, then that obviously suggests it’s not a personal keepsake and perhaps somebody has some other intentions.”
Yeah, um, I don’t think Pitt has as much to worry about before the season with re-selling autographs.