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Jay Bilas tweets embarass NCAA over player gear

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Aug. 7, 2013 at 5:18 PM   |   Comments

Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The NCAA has their jock straps in a twist over Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel getting allegedly getting paid for signing autographs on photos and sports memorabilia.

Manziel, the quarterback at Texas A&M, signed hundreds of photos, footballs, mini helmets and more during a trip to Miami in January, and allegedly received a "five-figure flat fee" in exchange.

Players aren't allowed to make any money off of their athletic success, and get no cut of the NCAA selling their gear.

Manziel could even see the end of his collegiate career, should the reports about him receiving payment for autographs prove true.

ESPN analyst Jay Bilas thought the resulting investigation was absurd, and he took to his Twitter account to point out the NCAA's hypocrisy.

Using the (now disabled) search function on the NCAA shop, Bilas repeatedly pointed out the association was cashing in on exactly the thing they said Manziel couldn't -- his name.












Eventually, he started to have a little more fun with it:






Eventually, NCAA disabled the search function, but Bilas found a temporary work-around.






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