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Does A College Player Control His Own Signature?

by Tom King

The NCAA is looking into memorabilia signed by last years Heisman Trophy winner. Johnny Manziel signed stuff for a flat five-figure fee while visiting south Florida for the BCS National Championship game. ESPN is reporting that two sources saw the signings but not the exchange of money.

My question is this...Does the NCAA have control over a players autograph? If Johnny Manziel can find idiots that are willing to pay for his signature...why shouldnt he be able to sell it? The NCAA is a monolithic organization that continually tries to keep it's boot on the necks of the athletes it purports to serve. 

I'm hoping that the Ed O'Bannon case...which we discussed in this space earlier will if not destroy, at least permanantly weaken the NCAA and keep it from fighting cases like this one. 

Manziel has had alot of problems this off-season being a 19 year old knucklehead. Hopefully he doesnt melt down into another Maurice Clarett who pissed away a sure-thing NFL contract by believing he was untouchable. I would think the chances of Manziel heading to the pros as soon as possible is more likely than the alternative. Then he can sell as many autographs as he can write.

Bad luck fro the Packers again at the Family Night Scrimmage. This time its Bryan Bulaga who looks like he ended his season before it started after injuring a knee. The O-lie was already in flux and now must make another big move.

Dave Robinson is now in the NFL Hall Of Fame. I had the pleasure of meeting Robinson a number of years ago and he struck me as a class guy. Some critics say that too many Lombardi era Packers are getting in to the Hall. I say there should be no limit...if a guy deserves it...he deserves it. Robinson definitly does...now about Jerry Kramer...

Congrats to the Plover Black Sox Legion baseball team who will head to national play in terre Haute Indiana this Thursday vs Napoleon Ohio. Seeing them a number of times this season...they are the real deal and should be able to compete in this tournament. Ashport joins them as the Wisconsin State champion...they play Edwardsville Illinois. Interestingly Edwardsville is the team that eliminated us (Wausau)  from the Midwest Regional in 1998 and went on to win the Legion World Series that year.

Songs of The day  (from my I-pod)

Man On The Silver Mountain-Blackmore's Rainbow (1975) great riff...vocals by Ronnie James Dio...this should have been a huge hit.


Man Smart, Woman Smarter-Robert Palmer (1976) like the Palmer of the 70's much more than the Palmer of the 80's