Sometimes, the bizarro world of NCAA compliance is has more pitfalls and gotchas than even Federal tax or weapons exports. This is a perfect example:
GAINESVILLE - SI.com has listed an orange license plate which reads HE15MAN as one of its top Christmas gifts this year. The plates are being sold on the Web site TEBOW4HE15MAN.com, which is owned by Melbourne resident Brett Black.Look, Tebow wouldn't be my pick for the Heisman, but he certainly deserves consideration, and he is surely the favorite. I really don't blame the Florida fans for doing this, nobody in their right mind would think that selling licensed plates to fans hyping Tebow's candidacy would run afoul of NCAA rules.
There's only one problem.
The plates may be an NCAA violation that could put the eligibility of University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, a Heisman Trophy candidate, in danger. UF officials are certainly concerned about the unlicensed and unauthorized selling of products promoting the sophomore quarterback -- which has become rampant on numerous Web sites.
If it does turn out costing Tebow the Heisman, I'm absolutely going to spare no aspect of the NCAA in series of diatribes -- it's just wrong to punish the young man for something clearly well-intentioned fans did.