Everyone loves Nigel Hayes. The fun-loving Wisconsin star is the most likeable player in the Final Four. So it makes sense that the Wisconsin bookstore would decide to sell t-shirts inspired by Hayes's stenography obsession.
The school's compliance office quickly put an end to that, though, and told the third-party bookstore to pull the shirts from the shelves.
"The UW compliance office took steps to have the shirts removed from the off-campus retailer in order to avoid any potential violations down the road," Wisconsin assistant AD Patrick Herb told Yahoo Sports. "The bookstore willingly cooperated. We are just looking to protect our student-athletes."
Hayes told reporters Tuesday that he was aware of the shirt but acknowledged, wryly, that it would be ridiculous to suggest he should see a cut of the proceeds.
"The fact that a shirt is being made and sold and has sold out is pretty egregious," Hayes said. "I'm not going to say I deserve any royalties or anything like that. That would be absurd. I'm an athletic student under the NCAA."
Hayes also struggled to hide a smile while saying he didn't receive a shirt himself.
"I haven't even gotten a shirt yet, though," he said. "It's ironic seeing as how there wouldn't be a shirt without me saying those things, but that's neither here nor there."
The school's compliance office said it pulled the shirt because it could have violated NCAA rules about selling merchandise with student-athletes' likenesses. Also available for purchase from the UW bookstore are two replica basketball jerseys, No. 15 and No. 44. Good thing no Badgers wear those numbers.
- Dan Gartland