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Autograph dealers in case of Manziel face legal scrutiny

If Johnny Manziel did violate NCAA rules by receiving money for signing autographs, a Texas law could put the people who paid him at risk of being sued by Texas A&M.

Texas passed legislation in 1987 to make "a person who violates a rule of a national collegiate athletic association … liable for damages in an action brought by an institution," Christian Dennie, an attorney with Barlow Garsek & Simon, LLP in Fort Worth, writes on the firm's website

To be liable, the person must have known or reasonably should have known a rule was violated, and the violation must lead to disciplinary action against the student or school.

Manziel, who became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy last year, is being investigated by the NCAA, possibly for receiving payment from memorabilia brokers for signing autographs in Florida, Connecticut and Texas this year, ESPN reported. If he is found to have been paid for signing, it could put his eligibility at risk.

Manziel's attorney, Jim Darnell of El Paso, Texas, has said the quarterback is cooperating with the investigation.

Charges for Rocker's sons: Duke walk-on cornerback Hud Mellencamp and his brother Speck — sons of singer John Mellencamp — and the son of Indiana baseball coach Tracy Smith, Ty, face felony battery charges stemming from a July altercation in which police say they punched and kicked a 19-year-old man on his porch in Bloomington, Ind. Hud, a sophomore who didn't play last year, told police he and Smith, a freshman football walk-on at IU, were there but the fight was between Speck, 18, and the victim. Speck was mad about being hit in the face while at a party earlier that day, police said. Arrangements were being made for the Mellencamps to turn themselves in, Monroe County chief deputy prosecutor Bob Miller said. Duke had not commented on the status of Hud, a three-time Indiana Golden Gloves boxing champion.

Tennessee: The Vols will wear an alternate uniform in one home football game this season. It will have jerseys and pants in a color school officials described as "Smokey gray," a nod to the team's mascot, Smokey. The 1914 team wore gray jerseys and went undefeated, said coach Butch Jones, coming off three straight losing seasons.

Virginia Tech: Starting outside linebacker Ronny Vandyke (shoulder surgery) will miss the season, and starting offensive lineman Mark Shuman will miss four to six weeks after surgery for a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, trainer Mike Goforth said. The Hokies open their season against national champion Alabama on Aug. 31.

Russell Athletic Bowl: The Orlando game announced a six-year partnership with the Big 12 starting next season. It will select the first ACC team available after the new playoff field is set and the second Big 12 team.

Autograph dealers in case of Manziel face legal scrutiny 08/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 16, 2013 12:19am]

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