Stumbled across this while perusing the interwebs this morning. Any merit to what this guy is saying?
Say it isn't so.
Please say that after what happened at Ohio State, the University of Michigan isn't letting its football players keep the throwback jerseys worn in the Wolverines' last-second victory over Notre Dame.
No athletic director who pays attention to the world, and conference, around him would say "yes" to such a request.
And yet, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, after checking with his NCAA compliance officer, acceded to the players' wishes. They get to keep the jerseys.
While this is not a violation of NCAA rules, it is a violation of common sense.
Don't people learn?
The mess at Ohio State, which cost football coach Jim Tressel his job and seems likely to put the Buckeyes on probation, began with players trading memorabilia for tattoos.
Several Michigan players say nothing untoward is going to happen, that they will keep the jerseys forever in order to preserve the memory of their victory.
OK. That's a nice thought. But why put temptation in front of players?
Does anyone think well-heeled Wolverines boosters will resist the urge to line players' pockets with cash while getting a "legacy" jersey to frame and hang on their den walls?
Even if you believe players have the right to sell whatever they are given, the NCAA disagrees. If you want players to avoid violating rules by selling jerseys, don't give them jerseys to sell.
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I have looking for a throwback number 98 that is authentic to color and style to Tom Harmon's Heisman trophy season and it kind of got me thinking...if Dave Brandon wants a new way to market and sell merchandise he doesn't have to do it to the detriment of history and tradition like is about to happen. Why not sell jerseys and other merchandise from historic teams and players such as a #2 Michigan jersey authentic to 1997 or a #21 from 1991. We don't have to stop there, cover all the Heisman winners, all the different #1's, and all the retired numbers and do it authentic to when they played. I know I haven't figuered out how to get around the change from Nike to Adidas and any other merchandise rights issues yet but I think it would be a way to sell merchandise without messing with our classic look just to get some sales. Thoughts?