The NCAA is getting out of the memorabilia business.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said it would stop the practice immediately after reports this week that team jerseys and other items linked to individual schools could be found on its own Web site by searching for specific player names.
“I think seeing the NCAA sell those kinds of goods is a mistake,” Emmert said during a conference call with reporters. “It’s not what the NCAA is about. So we’re not going to be doing that any longer.”
The NCAA is being sued by former players and a handful of current college players in federal court over the use of athlete images and likenesses. And just this past week, ESPN reported that the NCAA is investigating Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel for allegedly being paid to sign memorabilia, which if true could jeopardize eligibility as a violation of NCAA amateurism rules.
Emmert said the commercial site won’t be completely removed because there is still a market for generic NCAA apparel. He said the NCAA had hired another company to run the site, ShopNCAASports.com.
FLORIDA: Quarterback Jeff Driskel felt just fine following his first practice since an appendectomy.
Driskel said Friday he “didn’t have any pain, no issues” while returning eight days after emergency surgery.
TENNESSEE: Defensive end Corey Vereen is expected to miss at least five weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
Coach Butch Jones said it’s difficult to put a specific timetable on Vereen’s return.
VANDERBILT: Four former players have been indicted on five counts of aggravated rape each of an unconscious 21-year-old co-ed at a campus dormitory in June.
Nashville police and the district attorney sent out a release announcing the indictments Friday.
Safety Cory Batey, defensive back Brandon Banks, receiver Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and tight end Brandon Vandenburg also have been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery for an incident tipped to campus officials by surveillance video. Vandenburg also is charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography. Batey has been taken into custody.
MICHIGAN:Frank Beckmann, the radio voice of Wolverine football who began calling play-by-play in 1981, is retiring at the end of this season.