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Schools check stars' signings

The alleged autographs-for-pay issue surrounding Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has moved many schools to look into their own players and respond because of the number of items available for sale or bidding online.

Ohio State, South Carolina and Louisville announced Wednesday that they found no wrongdoing after questions surfaced surrounding signed items of Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller, Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, and Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater that appeared for sale online.

ESPN reported the NCAA is investigating whether Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback, got paid to sign autographs, which would violate amateurism rules and could jeopardize his eligibility.

South Carolina associate athletic director Chris Rogers said the school's compliance office looked into the Clowney autographs on eBay.

"The websites that we've looked at and the pictures and autographs and items that we've found over the last academic year, we've not had any issues to suggest that anything impermissible had occurred," Rogers said.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said school officials determined Miller had not profited from the numerous items found online with his signature. Smith said the quarterback signed many autographs at a Big Ten preseason kickoff luncheon. Presumably fans or memorabilia brokers then went and sold the items they got autographed for free.

"We've already looked at it," Smith said. "There's no issue there."

ACC Bowl ties: The ACC completed its bowl lineup for the 2014-19 seasons, announcing the league will send teams to the Military and AdvoCareV100 plus a still-to-be-named bowl in Detroit. The Military will get the fifth choice among ACC bowl-eligible schools from 2014-19 and it will face a team from the American Athletic Conference.

Georgia: Former Plant High standout quarterback Aaron Murray threw three interceptions in a scrimmage that left coach Mark Richt unimpressed. Murray was 13-for-18 for 198 yards with one touchdown. In all, the quarterbacks threw six interceptions and Richt said the team lacked energy.

N.C. State: Running back Shadrach Thornton, who was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge this summer, will sit out the opener against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 31.

Pitt: Junior linebacker Todd Thomas, demoted to the second team at the start of camp, told coach Paul Chryst he intends to transfer. No destination was announced.

Tennessee: Defensive end Jacques Smith fractured his right thumb and needs surgery. He could be out 4-6 weeks, making his status for the season opener uncertain.

Schools check stars' signings 08/07/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:52am]
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