Reilly: Autograph rules need change

August, 14, 2013
8/14/13
4:12
PM ET
Students in universities across the nation can make money while in school so why can't athletes? ESPN.com's Rick Reilly gives his take on the NCAA rules regarding autographs and memorabilia, which have Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the crosshairs and have raised questions about others, including South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Here's more from Reilly's column on the topic:
Look at the unnecessary hell that's rained on college football in the wake of this scandal, in which Manziel may have violated NCAA rules for signing memorabilia for a man named Drew Tieman, who's been busted twice for drugs. Turns out, Manziel may have signed his name more than 4,000 times in one month, according to ESPN's "Outside the Lines." And ESPN reporter Joe Schad had two sources tell him that Manziel signed 300 autographs for $7,500 in January.

But so what? It's his name, isn't it? Do we really live in a world where you can't do what you want with your own name ?

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