Found August 13, 2013 on FatManWriting:
With all the attention that Texas A&M and more specifically quarterback Johnny Manziel is getting over his potential autographs for pay scandal it is only natural that teams become a little concerned when it comes to their players putting their name on anything. No one wants to lose the season before it even starts because someone signed an autograph or two (or thousand). Louisville certainly doesn't want that to happen. So with a promising season ahead of them powered by an offense led by Heisman trophy contender quarterback Teddy Bridgewater they made an unpopular but safe decision and banned autographs at Fan Day. From Twitter Account @UofLFootball Head Coach Charlie Strong issued an apology to fans and explained the logic behind the decision: "I would like to personally apologize to our outstanding fans," Louisville coach Charlie Strong said. "However, because of the national problem of autographed items appearing for sale on eBay and other websites, we have made a proactive decision to hold an open practice for the fans and forgo an autograph session." "We have monitored the situation closely, and we decided to protect the eligibility of our players and operate under the principle that it is not permissible to accept any type of compensation for their autograph or the sale of memorabilia..." Fans will likely be a bit upset at first, but when they think about it for a moment they should be okay with it. What's more important--a shot at a BCS game (or better) or getting an autograph? While there would be many, many fans that would want the autographs for themselves there would be a few of these autograph brokers around as well. We've seen how much trouble they can cause already with the mess Johnny Manziel is in. Since the university has already had to look into some Teddy Bridgewater memorabilia the prudent thing is not to even risk anything happening. Yes, it sucks for the fans, but they'll be thankful when it comes time to bowling at the end of the season.
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