Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Miami, Louisville put stop to signing

The fallout from the Johnny Manziel autograph allegations prompted Louisville and Miami to announce changes to their signing policies Monday.

At Miami's annual CanesFest on Saturday, the Hurricanes will sign only school-issued posters. And when Louisville hosts Fan Day on Sunday, players won't be permitted to sign anything in response to what Cardinals coach Charlie Strong called "a national problem."

Both schools said the moves are being made because of ongoing concerns about college athletes and autograph sales, and neither mentioned Manziel by name. ESPN reported this month that Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner, is being investigated by the NCAA amid allegations that he took money for signing memorabilia.

If true, Manziel's eligibility and Heisman standing would both be jeopardized.

"I know this will disappoint a lot of our fans, especially the young children who look up to our players, but I strongly feel this is the best decision for our football program," Strong, the former Florida assistant, said in a school statement.

Other schools, including South Carolina and Ohio State, acknowledged they have looked into whether some of their stars — such as Jadeveon Clowney for the Gamecocks and the Buckeyes' Braxton Miller — broke NCAA rules by signing memorabilia that others are selling on eBay and in other manners.

New home for ex-Bull: Former USF receiver Sterling Griffin will transfer to Louisiana Tech, reuniting with former Bulls coach Skip Holtz. Griffin has graduated from USF and thus is eligible to play for the Bulldogs immediately.

SEC bowl deals: The SEC added the Belk Bowl and Texas Bowl to its lineup starting in 2014. Starting next season the league will have 10 postseason slots for its 14 teams, assuming all are bowl eligible. All new bowl deals run six years.

BYU: Cornerback Jordan Johnson (right knee) is out for the season.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats will share Paul Brown Stadium with the NFL's Bengals in 2014 while Nippert Stadium is being renovated.

VANDERBILT: Four former players charged with rape face arraignment on Aug. 21. Brandon Vandenburg, 20; Cory Batey, 19; Brandon Banks, 19; and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, 19, are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery involving an unconscious student at a campus dormitory in June.

Virginia: Redshirt sophomore David Watford will start at quarterback, coach Mike London said.

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