(AP) The NCAA is getting out of the jersey-selling business.
On Thursday, NCAA President Mark Emmert acknowledged that it was “hypocritical” for the governing body to be selling jerseys of players and other college athletes on its own web site. He said it did not fit the NCAA’s own model. He said all of the items would be removed as soon as possible.
The decision comes less than a week after Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel was accused of receiving money for signing autographs. That would be a violation of NCAA rules, and if proven, could jeopardize his eligibility.
USA Today reported this week that some of the items sold on an NCAA site could be searched by using the names of specific players.
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