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Oregon tracks players' game-worn memorabilia

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10:44 AM ET 07.31 | Bill Clever, who oversees the Ducks' compliance with NCAA rules, has interviewed more than 20 athletes after spotting their gear or autographs for sale. The Ducks aren't alone in battling the insidious trade. Athletes at Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama have been suspected of or punished for selling or trading game-worn merchandise, autographs or both, in violation of NCAA amateurism rules. As the value of such items escalates, so does temptation for players to sell -- and pressure on school officials to thwart those sales.

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July 31, 2011  11:00 AM ET

The Will Lyles stink isn't going away ... no matter how many fluff pieces The Oregonian decides to run.

July 31, 2011  11:21 AM ET

players should be allowed to sell their own personal property without it efecting their eligibility. my $0.02

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July 31, 2011  12:26 PM ET

Insidious...Really....

July 31, 2011  02:56 PM ET

If you want amateurism in college sports, go to Div. I-AA or lower.

July 31, 2011  04:06 PM ET
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If you want amateurism in college sports, go to Div. I-AA or lower.

If you want professionalism in CFB-age. start a "minor league" and let them have at it....and the teams cannot have anything to do with any college or university...

just my $0.02

July 31, 2011  04:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Insidious...Really....

Started watching and then noticed the ad for BO and had to stop it. Guess it might be a good movie....

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July 31, 2011  08:48 PM ET
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Me too.

+1 here. If the NCAA really does want to kill this though simply don't give players those kind of items until they graduate or leave school. Problem solved with the miracle of storage technology....

July 31, 2011  08:49 PM ET
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players should be allowed to sell their own personal property without it efecting their eligibility. my $0.02

This will make you laugh. I was a 4 year scholarship athlete in the sport of..... ya ready?, rodeo. The thing about this that is funny, is that in rodeo while participating at a school event you actually make money. And can go to other rodeos at any given time and compete for more money. There are many professional rodeo cowbows that won hundreds of thousands of dollars while still in college. Google Ty Murray.

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August 1, 2011  10:03 AM ET
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players should be allowed to sell their own personal property without it efecting their eligibility. my $0.02

I agree as well. I know it comes down to Tressel lying, however, for anyone to think their high and mighty athletes at their school of choice is not doing this your head is in the sand.

August 1, 2011  10:06 AM ET
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players should be allowed to sell their own personal property without it efecting their eligibility. my $0.02

Also, just go on ebay and search any of the popular college players. First you have to make sure they are real. But don't tell me none of these guys were compensated for a signed jersey, 8X10 or football.

August 1, 2011  10:39 AM ET
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I seem to recall reading somewhere just this past week that rodeo is NOT an officially NCAA sanctioned sport....the rodeo schools have gotten together to organize their own championship....am I wrong? If I am not wrong, then that would explain how rodeo participants can make money while still i college

You could be right. I graduated in 1995. I do know then it was sanctioned by the NCAA. I had scholarships just like any other sport. The controversy then was that I made money and still was on the wrestling team. Our divisions were not the same as only 40-50 schools have rodeo teams. If your post is true, do you know if when they go to a rodeo if that would eliminate them from playing other sports?

August 1, 2011  01:20 PM ET

Envelope hand shakes, selling old gear, money for autographs, its been going on forever...Not going to no matter what the NCAA does. You can't watch every kid at every school all the time.

August 1, 2011  05:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I seem to recall reading somewhere just this past week that rodeo is NOT an officially NCAA sanctioned sport....the rodeo schools have gotten together to organize their own championship....am I wrong? If I am not wrong, then that would explain how rodeo participants can make money while still i college

The reference to Rodeo was in Andy Staples article about the BCS schools leaving the NCAA and forming LOOT.

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August 2, 2011  02:26 AM ET
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I don't know if what I posted is true,but I do know that you can be a professional in one sport (and not play that sport in college), but still be eligible to play at the college level in another sport....for example, Danny Ainge played minor league baseball for the Blue Jays while also playing BYU basketball in the same years....

Correct. You can play baseball in the minors while playing basketball or football. A lot of athletes do that.

August 2, 2011  02:27 AM ET
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Correct. You can play baseball in the minors while playing basketball or football in college. A lot of athletes do that.

Fixed.

 
August 2, 2011  11:06 AM ET

PUNISH THEM ALL!!!

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