Clowney among easy to find autographs for sale
NEW YORK (WACH/AP) -- A simple search on eBay reveals Johnny Manziel is far from the only college football player whose autograph is for sale.
Pick a star and you can find memorabilia with a signature the seller claims to be verified.
Signed memorabilia has come under increased scrutiny this week after ESPN reported the NCAA is investigating Manziel for getting paid to sign autographs, and that has led to other schools being asked questions about whether their players were ever paid for signatures.
A helmet up for bid on eBay, said to be signed by Clowney and accompanied by a letter of authenticity, is being auctioned off for as much as $1,500. More than 200 results for Clowney-related items came up in a simple search.
South Carolina athletics officials say they have found no wrongdoing in any of the autograph situations they have investigated.
Head coach Steve Spurrier reiterated that point during a Wednesday appearance on ESPN's College Football Live.
"I really believe Jadeveon has never accepted anything for signing an autograph,"said Spurrier.
Earlier this week, Spurrier shut down practice to the public to reduce the distraction created by the throngs of autograph seekers who were crowding around Clowney and other players when they tried to take the field.
The fact that items signed by players are for sale doesn't mean those players have violated any NCAA bylaws. They could have very easily signed an autograph for a fan who is now auctioning off the signed item for their own personal gain.
However, if the allegations made by unidentified sources to ESPN against Johnny Manziel are ever proven true, his eligibility for the coming season could be in doubt as well as his status as Heisman Trophy winner.