Previously on Barstool U…Jay Bilas Lays The Hammer Down On The NCAA
Yahoo - So you want to buy some Johnny Manziel Texas A&M gear? It’s not hard. Until Tuesday afternoon (when the NCAA removed the function), all you had to do is head to ShopNCAAsports.com, type “Manziel” in the search bar and BOOM! you’d get this:
That image comes courtesy of ESPN’s Jay Bilas, who took to Twitter to expose the hypocrisy that is the NCAA. Manziel can’t profit off his name, but the NCAA sure can. They can also profit off Jadeveon Clowney, even if you spell it “Jadeavon Clowney”:
Strangely enough, the NCAA removed the search function from its website shortly after Bilas pointed out this logical inconsistency. As always, the NCAA does what it pleases, and it doesn’t owe you an explanation. Or, if you’re an athlete, a cut of its revenue.
And just in case you thought they were profiting off generic wearers of the No. 2s and No. 7s, there’s this:
Yes, the NCAA is selling “No Heisman Without The Man” shirts using Johnny Manziel’s name in the description – link here, for as long as it lasts – but no Johnny Manziel can’t make a buck off the sale of his own name and, indeed, could end up losing the rest of his college eligibility if reports are true that he were paid for signing autographs.
Is there a more typical NCAA response than this? Just straight up removing the search bar from their website like a thief in the night. Hey this is kind of a big story, Jay Bilas destroyed us and now every sports website is picking it up and running the story and we’re being humiliated. Quick, pull the search function down, maybe nobody will notice! Ahh fuck, everybody did, immediately. Oh well, better find some player or some team to investigate quick to get everybody’s attention on that instead. It’s like the #1 play in the NCAA handbook.
And yes, signing autographs for money is not allowed. Selling your game worn jerseys and shit is not allowed. Rules are rules. College players have scholarships and massive training facilities and ample opportunities blah blah blah. I get all that and won’t argue it. But if looking at a No Heisman Without The Man Texas A&M shirt with a description talking about Johnny Manziel on sale for $21.95 doesn’t bother you on a basic principles level then I just don’t get it.