Reports of Johnny Manziel allegedly being paid for autographed memorabilia have led to media searches for evidence of other NCAA football stars autograph signings. South Carolina's compliance office responded to an SB Nation report of a large number of Clowney-signed items on eBay, telling GoGamecocks.com that the school had looked into the signatures and determined that no NCAA violations occurred.
NCAA rules prohibit college athletes from being paid or profiting from their name and image, including autographs.
“We have investigated things that have been on eBay with him and student-athletes before,” associate athletics director Chris Rogers told The State. “In the situations I can say we looked into, there was no further for us to go, and we determined there was no violation.”
Southern California also looked into online autographs tied to receiver junior Marqise Lee, and cleared last season’s Biletnikoff award winner. Other notable NCAA football players whose signed items and certificates of authenticity can be found on eBay include Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville). A.J. McCarron (Alabama), Braxton Miller (Ohio State) and Aaron Murray (Georgia).